Yet another interesting example [both flattering and humbling], of how the Internet has short-circuited the traditional models of public access to artist’s and their work on a global scale. The following is an excerpt from an article published in “The Sun” the online magazine of Southwestern College, based in Chula Vista, California. [excerpt below]
Chalking Up a Winner
Women’s History Month was celebrated at the 8th annual Southwestern College Street Painting Festival with an array of stunning portraits made of chalk and elbow grease. Chalk artists in knee pads and old Levis crawled around their creations and spoke up for women one square of concrete at a time.
Organizer Brenda Mora said she wanted to bring motivation and a great venue to the community.
“It is one of the largest events on campus and one that staff and faculty look forward to,” said Mora. “It is the first time children are involved and that’s what I was aiming for.”
SWC’s Art Collective won Best of Show with its collaborative piece, inspired by artist Glenn Ibbitson, of a woman hunched over, bruised and beaten. It represented the very harsh reality of human trafficking. Around the border of the image club members wrote, “Every year 2,450,000 people become victims of human trafficking, of whom 92% end up being used for sex. 98% of victims are women and children.”
Written by: Wendy Gracia / Asst. Campus Editor
I was interested what internet links had been followed to connect my work to this intriguing project; serving it as visual references. I was impressed too, that attributions and credits had been appended to the article in a professional manner.
Contact links are almost immediate across continents as exemplified by the following correspondence.
May 5, 2014
My attention was directed to an online article http://www.theswcsun.com/chalking-up-a-winner/ which described that “SWC’s Art Collective won Best of Show with its collaborative piece, inspired by artist Glenn Ibbitson, of a woman hunched over, bruised and beaten. It represented the very harsh reality of human trafficking.” I would be very interested in seeing the work described and hear how the collective decided on their adaptation. As an artist I am always interested in developing creative interaction and feedback.
Kind regards, Glenn
9th May 2014
I will forward you to the the author of the article so that she can get you in contact with the Art Collective.
Later that day
I’ve copied the e-mails of the President, Paola Catano, of the Art Collective on campus here at Southwestern College as well as their advisor, Nikko Mueller.
They should be able to provide photographs of the piece that you inspired, not only in-progress, but completed, as well as their input on their creative process throughout.
Thank you for your interest,
May 17th 2014
A letter and photographs forwarded from Paola Catano
We are very excited to have you contact us. It was an extreme pleasure to have appropriated your artwork to such an important month and issue.
In the image we’ve selected to paint this year, we want to remind our community that there are still many battles to fight for, and it is in our hands to raise our voice and defend what we believe. Sex trafficking is an issue that affects directly the women of our society especially here in San Diego where cases have more than triplicated in the last couple of years. Our image is subtle, and also discrete, however we changed a few prominent things from your painting, the content is a strong reminder that seeks to encourage the women of our society to keep fighting for our rights. we, of the Art Collective, would like to thank you for creating a piece with such impact, to influence us and the college community. We had such a pleasure working with your piece and your ability to capture the beauty of the form, even if it was for such a sad topic. We hope that you appreciate our appropriation of your work, and enjoy the final outcome of our efforts. Attached are some photos of our progression of the chalk piece over a course of two days with eight artists working.
Thank you very much,
thank you so much for your correspondence and images. I was most gratified by your decision to work with my Consignment images and am most impressed by what the group achieved. Many congratulations in successfully making art which conveys an important social message. Wishing everyone involved great success in future ventures.