Published : Friday, August 24, 2018 | 1:18 PM
Side Street Projects announced Friday that its 2018 Artist-in-Residence is seminal and visionary artist, Dominique Moody. In keeping with its long tradition of engaging the environment as inspiration for art-making, nurturing creativity, and growing deep community roots, Dominique Moody’s residency will culminate with the creation of a mobile community garden called, “Our Garden of Dreams,”
“To create a space where something can grow is magical. And to nurture that environment is the most essential form of appreciation of the aesthetic world. With care our garden of dreams will grow, and along with that a creative spirit.” –Dominique Moody
This project is rooted in assemblage sculpture and utilizes all mediums including those that are ethereal and temporal that include elements like water, wind, and light. The community will play an integral role in completing the mobile garden through their participation and by contributing old windows, empty bottles, rusty hinges and other knick-knacks. The windows used in the structure of the garden will be adorned with dreams, drawings, and poems from workshop attendees and off-site community partnerships affiliated with the project.
The project invites the community to reflect on our history and creatively imagine our future dreams together, and watch them grow. Moody will lead workshops for families and neighbors that will focus on themes in Our Garden of Dreams project, including teaching new skills that include gardening, assemblage making, home improvement, and repurposing objects.
Side Street Projects is exceptionally honored to have the opportunity to bring an artist of this caliber who is a living piece of history recognized by the California Museum of African American Art to work with friends and neighbors. This project will take place in Fall of 2018. There will be six workshops over the course of 3 months that will be formatted similar to a Masters Class.
About the Artist
Dominique Moody’s creative journey began early in life as a child born of African-American parents – the sixth of nine – in 1950s Germany. Through the experience of being a black child in Germany, she developed a global perspective of the world by the family’s ability to embrace the life of expatriates, laying the foundation for her connection to the diaspora of African descendants anywhere in the world. Out of this experience came her first language, the creative use of visual art to communicate her thoughts and ideas. As a painter and illustrator, Moody was increasingly hampered by a deteriorating eye condition. By age 28, she was diagnosed and pronounced legally blind. In 2012, Dominique successfully funded her current artwork called the “Nomad”, through a US Artists Projects Online Fundraiser. In addition, she self-published her first limited-edition book, “Nomad, the art and life of Dominique Moody,” a retrospective of her Los Angeles body of work. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Frances E. Williams Foundation, Paul Robinson Award for the Nomad as a public performance artwork. Dominique’s creative journey has left her imprint in many places. From Los Angeles to San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York, Toronto, Paris and Senegal in the form of public and private collections.
Design Your Dream Garden
September 8, 2018, 11am – 2pm
Prepare the Windown of Your Dreams
September 22, 2018, 11am-2pm
Putting in the Foundation of Your Dreams
October 6, 2018, 11am – 2pm
Adorn the Window of Your Dreams
October 20, 2018, 11am – 2pm
November 3, 2018, 11am – 2pm
Dream Big N’Dig In
November 17, 2018, 11am – 2pm
December 1, 2018
About the Side Street Projects
Side Street Project is a mobile artist-run organization that serves artists of all ages with the structure, the access, and the means to support their creative endeavors. Our community-centered programming promotes socially engaged artist projects, youth education, and artist workshops.
For more information about this project and workshop schedule go to sidestreet.org/artist-projects/our-garden-of-our-dreams/