This peace project started with a pairing event in Grand Rapids, Michigan called the Connected Experience. I met my partner story teller and we were assigned the word Peace. In sharing our stories and troubles, we talked about a lot of topics, from addiction to divorce to grief. We both agreed the element of water was the common thread and needed to be in peace project. What happened next, over the course of that weekend, was an Equine Workshop, and unfortunately my partner couldn’t attend. This workshop had a profound effect on me and the artwork evolved to incorporate a horse. You can read about that here.
In the artist’s story she describes running through a golf course toward a bluff that overlooks a lake. While I understood the scene as the storyteller wrote it, in my mind I was running away from something. A horse kept showing up to me in random everyday things. Clearly, I wasn’t paying attention. I felt compelled to follow my heart to see where it would lead. I’ve read that horses mirror our feelings or teach us what to do. I needed to slow and face some challenges instead of running from them. To summarize, The horse and the woman in this art finally become unified in a peaceful moment at the water’s edge.
Many thanks to the artist and model, Ashley Lieber, the horse handler, Ulla Frederiksen and the storyteller Taylor Lenhardt for this wonderful journey. See all of the artists’ artwork at Bar Divani, 15 Ionia, Grand Rapids, MI through October 12.