Summer time is here and so is The 20th annual Village Building Convergence in Portland! We painted the streets, we got dirty planting food, built benches and tree houses, engaging in discussions around food justice and housing justice and so much more! This year Pedalpolooza teamed up with the VBC and we were able to (kin)nect different place making sites together through group bike rides. Here are some pictures of my neighborhood street painting in Sellwood!
Kirk, Janna and I organized an art show at the Emerson Street House with the theme of Home. Housing is a human right but in a capitalist society in which houses are commodities; what is the meaning of home? What helps one feel a sense of belonging to a place?
We hosted a group show with work looking at home and belonging within the context of displacement and gentrification. Seeking out tools and activities that we can utilize to strengthen our bonds to our neighbors and the places we live in. Thank you to all the artists that made the show so incredibly special and all the people who came to experience our opening night!
For my piece for the show I “crow-cheted” a crow sculpture made out of all up-cycled materials; including, plastic bags, bike tubing, popsicle sticks, and twisty tie wire. Here is the poem I wrote to go along with my crow.
Why don’t we travel this land as the crow flies? Why are we forced to navigate these straight rigid lines? How do we stand our ground? In a culture where private property is found. Where do all the stories go?
When the system pushes out those who know; the land, the streets the neighborhood creek; the elusive feeling of what many seek. A feeling of belonging and home. A touchstone for our heart when we roam. A place as familiar as a crow. A place where we learn and grow. A place of nurturing and deep relation. A place of vulnerability and warm elation.
Do we find home in particular places? Do we find home in familiar faces? They say one crow is for grief and sorrow. So I stand with you all on the land that we borrow; from the generations of tomorrow. Committed to sharing my story and listening to yours. Expressing my sadness for these capitalist wars.