*This is the last of three writings investigating how art defines home. A sense of belonging has no boundary. It bonds humanity emotionally by securing a sense of purpose and place…
At the 家 HOME exhibit opening reception, a diverse group of visitors including clients, writers, educators, artists, and family were in attendance. The festivities began with talks from the curator (me!), Chimney Art Center, and participating artists. Insights were shared and connections strengthened.
When participating and observing, I consciously tried to be aware of my Western perspective and influence. How is home defined in the East and West? Humanity can triumph preconceived notions. Judgment must be flexible and transparent. It’s necessary in understanding differences and commonalities.
Art feels like home in this territory. It wraps with unconditional love and acceptance. It doesn’t dictate life with constant imperfection reminders. Art allows freedom of expression despite culture, upbringing, and lifestyle.
Home lives here:
My new commute from San Francisco to Shanghai is 14 hours and 11 hours back. Thank you jet stream for the short and safe return. If my art audience existed on planet Mars, it would take 6 months of travel one-way. China is much closer for now.
See you soon.