Dance ATCs . . . it would seem like a fairly simple and straight forward task to make 10 ATCs on a "dance" theme, wouldn't you think? It wasn't that it was a difficult task for me, but more that it was an emotional journey. I created 14 ATCs and will show some of them here. If you would like to view a slideshow of ALL of the ATCs, please click here.
I was very excited to see this theme on the Circle of Friends
yahoo group when I joined the group last month. I started dance classes (ballet, modern) when I was 7 years old and continued taking classes into my 40's. My teacher for most of those years was Truda Kaschmann
, shown on the ATC below.
Truda taught everyone, including my mom. She was Alwin Nickolais
teacher as well, shown below in a 1939 dance he performed with Truda in Hartford, CT. Click on any ATC for more detail.
|Alvin Ailey - bottom, Alwin Nickolais, top|
Doing this swap and pouring over articles I had saved on Truda really had me remembering my teacher and everything she has given me. I know it is because of her, that I am the creative person I am today. The improvisations we did in class where she would ask us to do "something different" are the basis for how I approach my art making today. I am often asking myself, "how can I do this differently - ie: more creatively?"
|I made extra ATCs and encouraged my mom to chose one tonight -|
This is the ATC she picked because she said it was so beautiful, with the Alvin Ailey dancers. The words on white paper are Truda's.
|This is Truda (top) and my mom, bottom left.|
Truda was loving, but strict. She pushed us to work hard but encouraged us, and celebrated with us when we mastered that step or made that leap. I am indebted to her for how she shaped me as an artist.
|The writing is from a paper done about Truda by Margret Dillon. The words about the beginning of one of Truda's classes are so true, I can feel myself right there.|
|The back of all of the ATCs is a variation of this - with a quote from Pilobolus dancer Annika Sheaff.|
This quote, which I only found recently by reading the Pilobolus dance blog
really means a lot to me. I think that like dancers, artists can tell a million stories with their art and there are no wrong interpretations. I do not usually get so philosophical, but taking this theme to heart and working from my personal experience as I like to do, brought up a lot of feelings today. You could say I am a very emotional artist, and be correct! But that is what I like to do with my art; express myself and my feelings. It helps me to navigate this life and I am so grateful for those of you who have been enjoying my expression! xo lenna young andrews April 27, 2010