Happy first Friday of April, my very dears, and welcome to the Open Mic! If you’re new here, on Fridays we get together here for some chat. (Sometimes there’s a guest artist instead.) The topic varies from week to week, but everyone is welcome to participate in the comments.
Let’s play a word association game — I’m curious how this will work, since I suspect everyone’s brain operates a little differently and therefore our answers might vary greatly. Earlier this week I responded to Chelsea‘s comment on one of my artist statement posts, explaining what I think of when I hear the word “resonant.” I told Erik about it, and he offered another word, “gesture.” I said that makes me think of dancing as an active demonstration of gesture; of gesture poses in life drawing; of my own body standing at an easel; and of the reciprocity between my painting/drawing (making marks with my body) and the models’ gestures (making shapes with their bodies). In other words: say “gesture” to me and you open up a rich web of individual memory and sensation and association.
Want to play? Let’s try it! I’ll give a word, and you tell me what it makes you think of. Then you give a word to the next person. (If you forget to give a word, I’ll pop in and add one.) Feel free to jump in as many times as you wish — the mic stays open all weekend.
Here’s the first word: reciprocity. Remember: (1) Tell what it makes you think of, (2) Offer a new word to the next player.
See you in the comments!