Connected \\ September 19, 2018
My name is Wes. I’m 33 years old and deeply curious about the world. I’m a full time artist, creating worlds within the world. I love climbing trees, swimming in cold rivers and looking for moss in the cracks of the sidewalk. I was born and raised in the woods of northern California, spent most of my 20s near the ocean in San Diego and have lived where the mountains meet the prairie in Colorado since 2013. Since I can remember, my metaphors, life, interests and work have been inseparable from the natural world. The sight of a lush green pine tree or flowing body of water have offered me great joy, restoration and play.
For my next life chapter, my wife Emi and I are moving to New York City, which might seem strange for someone who loves nature. But the truth is, I love the city too. New York, as well as the whole Northeast Region, has INCREDIBLE nature, just not always how or where you’d expect it.
I am probably not so different than you... in the city, I don’t have as much access to nature as I’d like. I eat and sleep mostly inside. I process the world through a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual filter, and I feel like there are certain things that I “get,”but generally I have more questions than answers. I find that the more questions I ask, the more interesting the world gets.
I’d LOVE for you to participate and teach me — whether you’re 8 or 80. There will be a lot of open calls at PEM for you to participate and be a collaborator, sharing your insights, questions and findings.
From September 2018 through September 2019, we will be investigating and creating content independently and together, asking questions, hosting art-making workshops and tugging on the strings of the world through a website that will act as a shifting and changing archive and project home. We’d be honored if you’d help us plant and water the seeds of this adventure as it grows and blossoms.
We’re calling this meandering, art making, story-soaked project: Where the Questions Live
We’ll be utilizing a dynamic range of creative practices and artistic mediums, including walking, sculpting, painting, poetry, photography, music, listening and film. I’ll regularly be asking you to help me out, go for a walk together, teach me what you know or share with me what you’re curious about.
The full year of exploration will be archived as a living, breathing, changing project online. And at the end of the full year, there will a culminating exhibition which will show the project’s prolific questions, discoveries and artwork in the museum.
If you are someone who has a taste for the unknown, the natural world and human connection, I invite you to follow along, put on your outside clothes and become a collaborator. We are going to where the questions live…