IMAGE: Elizabeth Chiles, Nest, 2018. Photographic collage. 38 x 56 inches. Courtesy the artist.

Poetry Performance:
Root Branching

Poetry performances will be 10–15 minutes on the hour starting at 11A and ending at 3P, with related drop-in art making activities following each performance.

Root Branching is in the tradition of the artist joke; think rhymes, riddles and writing. Oulipo meets Godot.

What did the branch(es) say to the roots?

Come find out! Collaborators include Jade Abner, Beverly Bajema, Elizabeth Chiles, and Felicia Hayes: four interdisciplinary artists investigating life forces, wholeness, connectedness, and play will be reciting and performing around Anya Gallaccio's sculpture to see if time was there. Also don't miss Ragnar Kjartansson: S.S. Hangover, in performance at Laguna Gloria from 11A–3P!

About the Artists

Jade Abner is a multidisciplinary artist who works in painting, sculpture, textiles, and writing. She is interested in the differences between embodiment and disembodiment, and comfort and neurosis.

For decades, Beverly Bajema has engaged in daily seasonal art practices: every day this past winter writing a poem; one autumn finding and dancing with a stick and documenting the choreography... Beverly guides Dancing from Curiosity, Continuum practice, an experiential book club with Body and Earth, and offers Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy sessions.

Elizabeth Chiles works on projects investigating time and consciousness. This spring she is releasing her first poetry book and has a solo show entitled Weave at grayDUCK Gallery, which includes a group of natural pigment paintings made from wildflowers and a group of large-scale photographic collages.

Felicia Hayes is an African American, same-gender-loving memoirist who writes about her lifelong, worldwide spiritual quest to find and define herself in a world that wants to conform her to its conventions. Her research includes the spiritual and biological interconnectedness of life, and the discovery of the universe within as a means to self-empowerment.

Elizabeth Chiles's project is supported by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.