Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Container For Souls

 Last year, on March 10, a friend and I went to the Renwick Gallery to see "Hearts of Our People; Native Women Artists." That was the last time I rode the Metro and the last time I was in a museum. The next day, everything began to shut down. As the year wore on, I’ve thought a lot about the art we saw that day. One artwork in particular has taken on special resonance. Marianne Nicolson's wood and glass piece filled the gallery with her Northwest Coast culture's iconography. As we walked around it, our shadows joined the shadows cast by the glowing box. Much of Ms Nicolson's art is about the need for healing the landscape. Perhaps, through art, we have the power to also heal bodies, minds and souls.