This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to be part of Minnesota's first ever Chalk Festival, Arbor Lakes Chalkfest! I was one of 21 artists able to come and it was an amazing experience. I had never been to Minnesota before and this festival went above and beyong to make sure we had a great time, even more so since it was my 7 year wedding anniversary.
Back in 2014 I got permission from one of my lifelong favorite artists, Brian Froud. As you know, I haven't been to to many festivals over the past year so I jumped at the opportunity to finally have a large important festival to bring a piece of his work to the street. With the help of the festival, I decided on "Queen of the Bad Faeries", a little spooky but so visually striking and still a little playful.
And we begin...
And for the grand finally.... "Art
and all beauty is for the moment - ten seconds or ten centuries. The
expressions of the moment are ever present because we can live only in
the ever present."
This video has gotten alot of strong reactions, but it really was awesome to watch. To quote another artist, Willie Zin, "...the thought of seeing it washed away in front of me was unimaginable until I physically saw mine being pressured washed off. It was actually quite amazing. I didn't feel sad but an excitement because it means we will come again and giving me another reason to redo.. reborn and relive... a sense of a life cycle in a positive way of thinking. And I like that..
I thought I would feel terrible inside but it didn't. .. I do understand about the fading part. But, it's taking me to a new level of thinking. Life itself is not permanent. In this case, short lived and we do our best to preserve that moment in the process and accepting it as it goes away in front of us... a bittersweet emotion to me... yet gives me hope to come back..."