I spent all last week sanding, gluing and waxing over 200 talking blocks while watching the Democratic National Convention. Yesterday I took some time off and ordered a lawn sign, made a donation and made a shirt Alabama Chanin Style.
A friend came to visit over the weekend and she helped me get started on my Pop X installation. As we sat out on the back porch for hours each morning and afternoon sanding blocks, cutting paper and pasting paper onto wood we talked about the power of words. Looking at the roots of words, words hidden in words and words that mean different things to different people. As I mentioned in my last post, I am creating this installation to engage the Ann Arbor community in conversation, to let people tell their stories and for people to hear what others have to say. The weight of this idea really hit me hard as we talked about recent events here in this country and abroad and I realized just how important it is that we all do a lot more listening and a lot more speaking up.