This work is about the collective power in sharing our stories. It’s not the discovering of something new, but the long and often painful return to that which has always been within us. It’s not our story that keeps us trapped, it’s not telling it that does. Story has wings. I believe when we speak what feels unspeakable, it releases what waits in all of us because what we fear most, mysteriously belongs to each of us. Once shared, it releases a power that is healing.
These pieces are about our universal soul-need to know who we are and serves as a reminder that there is a usefulness to our woundedness. Life is messy. This show aims to create a space
for people to start thinking about their own stories. It is for all of us who commit acts of great heart every day. Those brave enough to be themselves, as they truly are, and for those who never feel quite ready. It’s for those who have a willingness to show up every day because when we do, it changes all of us.
What part of your story still needs to be told?
We often tear in places no one can see. I have always been drawn to collage because it involves organizing fragmented pieces and when life makes you feel brutally broken, we need to look for openings when broken by that experience. It is only through the break that the wonder of life can enter us. Truth is, whatever opens us is never as important as what it opens. When
words couldn’t reach me, these works told my story by listening to the counsel of my heart and shaped it into soulful purpose. Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.
Tai Kulenic is a Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist who is best known for her work in mixed media using found materials and repurposing them to tell a story. Often struggling to find words to express herself, the organizing of fragmented pieces allows Tai to return to the world in relationship with her soul-life. Collage then becomes a catalyst to shape experience into metaphor and meaning.
Although she describes herself as a “closeted artist,” she acknowledges that she is often called further into experience than she’d like to go and if she resists the urge to accommodate avoidance, it’s an opportunity to face herself. Art-making leads her to the inescapable act of living out what is often kept in – again and again.
Tai is a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She currently resides in Asheville, NC and is a licensed mental health therapist. Tai is passionate about creating spaces that encourages others to brave their truth and be the alchemist of their own story.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 31, 1-2pm
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March 29 - March 31, 2019