In 2016 I was given the opportunity to travel to Cuba on a pilgrimage with my All Souls church community. I traveled as a parishioner, a chaperone to our high school youth, and as an artist. I could not have imagined what was about to unfold.
I brought with me 15 pieces of work that were the first layer of a project I am now calling connecting the ANDs.
These 15 works were added to first by the people in the community we stay with in Cuba. Everyone was invited to add something by either drawing, painting, stamping or attaching a layer of their own story to the work.
After Cuba, I sent these works off to Singapore and Australia, where two other communities added layers that reflected their own stories. When they finally returned back to me in Asheville, I reproduced them at a set of 15 postcards. Each community that participated received a set, with the simple goal that they will then send the postcards off to friends and family - spreading our collective stories even further.
My hope is that these projects will connect people across borders
and of all ages
Through the universal language of art, building and impacting relationships new and old.