Grand Rapids-based artist, Shannon Mack, joins us for a year-long corridor exhibition. Throughout the year, we’ll see these works change, grow, and share important messages.
Spring Exhibit, Re-Wild:
I am born. I cry, I laugh, I scream, I dance, I scribble, I fall, I jump, I swing, I build, I run at full speed, I roll down hills, I knock on friends’ doors, I grow. Watching, learning, analyzing, mimicking, I begin to move in pre-prescribed ways. I must be pleasant, accommodating, outgoing, self-sacrificing, gentle, agreeable, practical, appropriate, clever, inoffensive, approachable, high-achieving, humble, available, tolerant, strong; perfect. Above all, I must play along.
I explore the question, “what if I don’t?” and live into the answer. As I take a left turn from my “regular” life, I try gardening. This series is an expression of the joy and freedom of shedding these expectations I’ve accumulated for myself within the many environments that have invariably imprinted on me.
Reacquainting with the earth, soil, sun and sweat on my skin, I begin to seemingly forget my anxieties. The simple beauty of a lotus flower just before it blooms is better than netflix. Laughing so hard my stomach hurts with a friend, both of our hands in the soil, restores my soul. Rain on my face, holding a praying mantis, nothing else matters.
I am nature. I must cry, laugh, scream, dance, hug, scribble, jump, play, drink water, run, love, forgive, forgive, forgive. Surrender. I am nature. I am wild.
Shannon Mack is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She describes the origins of her work being derived from “of-the-moment” presence, in effect, leaving behind time capsules of the human experience. The layers that exist within her work are attempts to meet the moment with sincerity, each a foundation for the next, until a resolve is revealed. She is compelled by the time and labor invested in a “still” image, therefore making it an artifact in its own right; evidence of conscious and unconscious movements converging in a single tangible place.
Student Programming Key Concepts & Ideas: mixed-media, social emotional learning, abstraction, structured play, process oriented art making
Field Trips to the SCA
All Ages | Single visit to the SCA | 45 – 90 minutes
Includes tour & hands-on activity
Camps + Classes
From 3 – 103, there’s a chance for all ages to get creative with Shannon this spring! Littles can join In Progress With… programming at the Library + SCA, or get creative with your family at our new Side by Side programming. Don’t miss the creative fun.