2015, papers, felt, fabrics, strings, threads, coffee stain, pen, made in collaboration with more than 150 ASL community members, approximately 45 inches around.
This artwork is one interpretation of our ASL Mosaic. It demonstrates the diversity, unity and support that we have at our school. It shows the individual distinctiveness that occurs naturally and is celebrated within each person in our community. It also literally displays how multicultural we are.
Faculty, staff, administrators and 136 K1-Grade 12 students made self-portraits with black pens and coffee stain. Then they chose a piece of cloth in which I dressed their figure. The drawings share a common guideline, but each person is represented in his/her own unique and honest way. I cut out the portraits and sewed or glued them together so that all the people are intertwined with each other. We, as a school, are interconnected and indivisible.
From 2014 to 2016, we had 63 different nationalities represented in our student body. Each of these countries is represented with its own national postage stamps. This is a very concrete way of showing ASL’s cultural mix. The countries from which, at the time, we did not have students, are made of “hobby grass,” a material normally used for model making.
A Grade 2 class made a felt ocean out of silk, alpaca and wool. Felt is the most ancient fabric in the world, dating back, at least, to 5000 BC. To this day, felt is still a predominant fabric in some cultures, particularly to make yurts. The children’s felt ocean is the base of this ASL mosaic. Though it is not literally a shelter, we can symbolically think of it as an ancient protective support for our diverse yet unified community.