Week 4: Artist Conversation feat. Tidawhitney Lek

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Truthfully, as I was walking through the galleries, I was not grabbed at first glance.  It was not until my second or third gallery that I was taken by a piece.  For this week, I interviewed Tidawhitney Lek.  When I first walked into Marilyn Werby Gallery, I did not know what to think about the piece.  It was make by disposable napkins with little pictures and little sayings on them.  These individual napkins were sewn together to create a big piece that hung on clear, fishing wire like strings that created a cool drape like effect.

The name of this show was Disposable Thoughts. Lek stated that today, our thoughts are being disposed into digital forms of communication, leaving all our thoughts out in the air for criticism.  In this piece, it was a way of materializing our thoughts.  She said that by doing this, we put our thoughts down, making it permanent.  By doing this, we are able to look back our thoughts at an exact point and time.  It is, in a way, a form of story telling.  It tells the audience of this piece what Lek felt at the moment she was creating the small parts of her piece.

I think the concept of this piece was really important.  The idea of thoughts being disposable is really relevant in todays world because everyone is so wrapped up in social media.  They are not realizing that people are taking their precious thoughts and criticizing them.  The process of taking her thoughts and putting it down on paper makes it like an album of what she was doing or thinking.  In today’s world, everyone is so busy running around and worrying about the little things.  No one is taking the time to sit down and really think about their thoughts.

In my experience, taking the time to write down a thought is very relieving.  It takes the thought out of my brain and I do not find myself worrying about it as much.  This is especially important as a college student because we have such busy lives that we seldom find the time for ourselves.  Writing down each idea is important because if not, it will be as disposable as the napkins.  The concept of this piece is so relevant to students and people in general.  To me, it is taking the time to really look at each thought that we have.

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Her Instagram is @Tidawhitney

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