Of Earth and Sky 2.0

Of Earth And Sky alludes to the expanse of the universe (and perhaps now, even the multiverse)–but at its core, it connotes space–which can be defined in innumerable ways. 

Space can reference intergalactic exploration–through analog means or through inquiry that is aided by contemporary technology

Space can also signal the need for boundaries (e.g. Robert Frost’s reminder that “fences make good neighbors” or even as described in song–Ariana Grande’s “NASA”) or the space afforded by resistance (like Langston Hughes’ declaration:  “this is my space / I am not movin” from “The Sweet Flypaper of Life”).

At the same time, “creating space” can be an interior action that allows individual creativity to flourish. Poet Audre Lorde speaks of finding “a dark place within, where hidden and growing our true spirit rises… These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through that darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling.”   

What does SPACE mean to you, Charlotte?

Of Earth and Sky is a program under Blumenthal Arts’ Charlotte International Arts Festival. To learn more about CIAF, please visit this link.

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On display beginning September 13th, 2024

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