My friend Paula Gorski
's art often includes repetitive actions such as wrapping cloth around various armatures, or bringing together a number of similar, symbolic objects. There is always a narrative element, a story behind the actions or objects, which is spoken or spelled out in some way.
On my birthday, June 13th, she gave me a box with instructions inside (in story form) for an art event to honor the day. According to the story, Paula and I, along with our friend Marty, would go to the river and gather 53 stones, one for each of my years. As a festive note, we would wear pearls, which were included in the box. There was also a small book to record the experience.
It turned out to be a busy day, but close to sunset we made it to the river and collected rocks of all sizes, shapes and colors. It was a heavy pile indeed when we were done, a visual symbol of a life of varied experience. I plan to use the rocks to make a small garden area, and if I think of it, I'll add one more each year.