The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
AGE OF COGNIZANCE
New Works by Ricder Ricardo, Mimi Tran, and Kirsten Williams
We are three friends with Cuban, African, Swedish, and Vietnamese heritage. A lineage of mixed races because of colonization, persecution, and prejudice. We are judged based on our heritage, sexual orientation, and the color of our skin. Our features are preconceived notions of inferiority that others have embedded into our brains for many generations. As a result, we’ve grown up thinking that it is immoral and inadequate to be who we are. Therefore, we subconsciously try to fit in because we are afraid of isolation. But, at the same time, we accept the fact that we will never fit, and opt not to lose our identity trying to morph to society’s expectations.
This exhibition, originally conceived prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and a heightened period of racial reckoning, has evolved to embrace the individual ways in which this remarkable time has impacted us. Concerns for personal health and the related isolation loomed large, but so did the more targeted challenges resulting from the Black Lives Matter movement, attacks on Asian Americans, and the Cuban anti-government protests. Nature, images of family and friends, and altered creative processes propelled these works — works created in captivity and in a time of individual and collective crisis.
Our intricate stories are connected by our creations, narrating our different struggles that are all the same in the end. The experience of the past 18 months has emphasized the universality in our specific experiences. Although we walk different paths of life, we have come together to love, accept, and embrace one another for our differences. We understand that our greatness lies in our ability to overcome obstacles and to strike back when necessary. The power resides in our strong unity and our receptiveness to others who are different from us. It is our basic right to live authentically as the person we’re meant to be, and it is our responsibility to care for community… to be cognizant of the ties that bind us to one another.
What have we lost, who do we mourn, what needs repair?
What have we gained, where have connections deepened, who have we cared for or stood with, how are we reimagining a world beyond?
As we enter a season of transition, there is a collective desire to reflect on our losses, mourn, and express gratitude and hope.
Inspired by the beautiful traditions of the sacred trees of Buddhism, Lakota and Cherokee prayer ties, Scottish clootie wells, and the numerous places and cultures from China and Iraq to Brazil and Japan that mark mourning and healing by tying ribbons to a tree, Yellow House is co-creating a space for grief and hope; dark and light; shadow and shine.
Starting December 19, just days before the Winter Solstice, all are welcome to stop by Yellow House where we will have ribbons and the tools to use to add thoughts, words, elegies, prayers, or wishes to the Community Tree. This will be outdoors only and available, drop in style, during daylight hours for the weeks and months to come. Strands of shadow, ribbons of light will mingle in and on the tree that graces the front lawn of Yellow House. Offerings will be both held and released into this ancient symbol of life, strength, reverence, and renewal in an ever-evolving statement about this remarkable year.
Centered in the space, right on the building, is a newly created work of poetry by Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams titled “The Reckoning Line Between Shadow and Shine”. It is a poem of this moment and created expressly for this space that our communities will build together.
For those unable to make it to our corner of the world to add to and sit beneath the tree, they are welcome to send us an email (email@example.com) with the words they want to add to this community exhale. We will add it … with care. And, for groups or families who want to participate, we will deliver materials.