Leading up to the exhibit launch, Wylie House Director Carey Champion visited the artists at their studios and learned about the processes they used to create their pieces. The quotations included below come from the artists' interviews with Arts & Humanities Council Intern Anna Groover. We are incredibly moved by each artist's creative and thoughtful commitment to the hidden voices of the Wylie House and loved gaining this special insight into their work.
"History is story, and . . . stories [are] . . . susceptible to deteriorating or changing, warping over time."
"That's why I tell the stories of my people, because it's something that even though it's rooted here in Indiana, it was kind of forgotten for a while, the truth in our history and our story."
"How we tell stories is all we have. And so how we tell that story, how we recontextualize it, how we reframe it, and how we reinterpret it for others, so that it is more generative and more inclusive is really, really important."
"Making hybrid forms . . . really allows you to figure out 'what are the boundaries? How do things transgress boundaries?' . . . I think that's what's generative—looking at hybrid forms as a way to question the inevitableness, or perceived inevitableness, of history."
SARAH EDMANDS MARTIN
"[Art] can engage you in a conversation and . . . ask you to question assumptions, preconceived ideas of what has value, who has value, and your agency in that value-making."
"A great way to remix our history . . . is to include more people in it."
"My hope is that two people that wouldn't know each other would help each other access the work."
Images courtesy of Carey Champion, Katrina Mitten, Joann Quiñones, and the IU Office of the Provost (Ethan Gill, Haley Semian, and Kat Spence). Click on image for individual credit.