Led by visual artist and writer Lori Anne Parker-Danley (an editor in the Patient Education department at VUMC), the Identity Sculptures Project is a public art collaboration that was born out of Lori Anne’s interest in the relationship between writing and art and the ways language and storytelling shape (and are shaped by) our bodies and identities. During the initial stage of the project, Lori Anne created sculptures that respond to and engage with the writings submitted by 10 Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff on the topic of “creative identities.” One of the goals of the project has been to create occasions for unexpected and spontaneous encounters and conversations (with art, writing, and each other) on the Vanderbilt campus. To that end, from March 16 to June 15, 2013, the identity sculptures were on display at the Sarratt Student Center; from June 16 to September 16, the sculptures will be on display in the central lobby on the first floor of the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library on the Vanderbilt Campus. The sculptures are also interactive: viewers are invited to click on the QR code associated with each sculpture to “listen” to it—in the form of the voices of the writers themselves. After the exhibition, the sculptures will be given to the writers in gratitude for their participation.
Lori Anne Parker-Danley. From Whispers to Silence to Beautiful Song, 2012. In response to “Sixth Grade,” “Wedding,” and “The Lies that Save Us,” by Lisa Dordal. Encaustic and paper clay on wire mesh with ink, paper, and artificial plants and flowers.
Lori Anne Parker-Danley: www.lorianneparker.com