The Human Spirit started as an introspective project about my own family heritage, in some ways a life size scrapbook. As a 12 foot tall lyrical family tree it commands attention showing history in the roots and trunk, ideas of the future and inspiration within the branches and blooms. Ribbon, integral to the structure of the tree, represents many ideas
• Representing a road or path
• Reminiscent of a DNA strand
• Similar to the way we are woven of many ideas and experiences
• Also represent obligation or being tied to something for better or worse
While researching family history, it became apparent that there were many shared experiences and similarities. In a journey to find my uniqueness, I discovered a paradox. We are very much the same but different.
Searching for a way to share that idea with a larger audience, I made an experiential activity to accompany my installation. I ask everyone to find something they share with someone else and to write that on a ribbon along with their initials. It can be an idea, character trait, anything that is not extremely vulgar or hateful. I will then take all of the ribbons and make them into a piece of artwork to be presented at a future showing. All of those ideas will make a larger impression when combined, proving that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I call this The Ribbon Share Project.