Not that this concept is new by any means, and I think the roundup is evidence of that: there are so many interdisciplinary artists; and their artworks, events, and exhibits are popping up in troves this week.
Many of you probably aren’t utilizing just one artistic medium to create and to express yourself. Do you remember how that started, though? What was your first love? How did your other forms of expression and creativity become integrated into that original source and what does that say about your experience and your perspective?
I’m looking at Anna Bogatin Ott’s Our Red Planet, Lyric Fest’s COTTON, and the work of poet and designer Taylor Townes this week. Not only are they blending different forms, but their genesis comes from pivotal emotional moments. For instance, Bogatin Ott fuses her experience in Ukraine with NASA images of Mars. COTTON merges music, poetry, and photography to articulate John Dowell’s experience returning to South Carolina and exploring the (tumultuous) history of the world of cotton in America. Townes fuses poetry with clothing and performance. These are all incredibly unique experiences. When I see things like this, I can’t help but wonder how these people arrived at where they are. What was their journey, and how can I use the wisdom from these artists to inform my own creative expression?
Kyle V. Hiller
BSR associate editor