Pussy Riot members meet Ann Arbor Artists

CarolMorrisandPussyRiot

Submitted by Artist WCA Member Carol Morris

September 18th Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina, two of the founding members of Pussy Riot, the Russian art collective, visited Ann Arbor as part of a U.S. tour. Sponsored by a LennonOno grant for peace; they are young women, ages 24 and 26, vigorous, focused and determined. On Thursday they appeared publicly at the Michigan Theater and on Friday morning I attended a private meeting with them and a group of artists and prisoner advocates. The meeting was about Michigan’s success in recent years in bringing art workshops to the incarcerated.

Nadia and Masha are gathering information for their foundation Zona Prava (Zone of Rights.) After suffering hard labor for two years in a Russian prison they were impressed by our art workshops here. Nadia said Russian inmates are only allowed pen and paper and never any art supplies. University of Michigan Prison Creative Arts Project and Youth Arts Alliance promised data and information to help Zona Prova make arguments to the Russian government about the value of art workshops in rehabilitation.

As an art workshop volunteer for over a decade, I was pleased to present Nadya and Misha with sets of my anti- Putin collages. They are taking them back to Russia and reproducing them for distribution.( One collage is posted on Pussy Riots’s Twitter page.) As an artist, I feel appreciated for a good cause, Zona Prava.

CarolMorrisPutinCollage

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I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.

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