Sally and Delphine
Sally Graves Machlis, Art and Design
Delphine Keim-Campbell, Art and Design
February 28, 2012
Whitewater Room, UI Commons
Abstract: A road trip is a journey. We travel, riding in an automobile with family, friends or alone, and our experience is as much a function of the plan as it is of the unknown.
As the terrain changes to that which is less familiar we notice things. We consider our own condition. We reconnect to ideas we care about. We reconnect to each other. Or we don’t. If we listen to music it becomes a soundtrack. If we listen to a story we lose ourselves. If we are driving alone an internal dialog is set in motion. We might long for the sun to be out of our eyes, or notice the most beautiful sunset we have seen in a long time. These are things that other people probably experience. Or maybe things that are completely unique. And when we arrive at our destination we might be asked, “How was your trip?” Some of the stories we remember, tell and retell. The journey on the road becomes a microcosm and a metaphor for our life’s journey, for the interplay of our experiences, those unique unto ourselves and those we share universally with others.
Road Stories is a mixed media installation that invites the viewer to participate in a journey that takes place from behind the wheel and within the gallery. The project is the undertaking of artist, Sally Graves Machlis and designer, Delphine Keim-Campbell. The mixed media project includes ink painting, screen-printed vector graphics and expressive handwriting. The elements center on stories that have been collected with this project in mind.