ten days in December, an entire nation will be united through art. One
gallery, museum or art center in each of the fifty states is
participating to make The Nomadic Project possible, and The Whistler Museum of Art
is representing the state of Massachusetts.
all began when visual artist, Kristin Abraham and musician, Alfonso
Llamas saw the United States divided through politics, war, and
religion. In a search to find unity, the artists realized that they
needed to get back to the source. That meant the land; one nation
divided into fifty uniquely different states. Instead of searching for
common ground, Abraham and Llamas set out to celebrate the diversities
within this broken nation, and pull it all together with art.
Living out of their orange Honda Element, Abraham and Llamas have
already connected forty states. After spending a week in each state,
Abraham responds to her experiences by painting a 24 x 30” canvas. That
painting is carried to the next state, where one gallery displays the
piece until the end of the year. This process physically unites the
country through art, by blurring state borders.
The Whistler Museum of Art
was established in 1908, and is the birthplace of
American born artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. The artist is most
famous for his painting titled"Arrangement in Gray and Black," (a.k.a.
"Whistler's Mother"). The museum
maintains a permanent collection of
19th and 20th century American art, and organizes contemporary and
historical fine art exhibitions. From now until the end of the year,
will be hosting the Maine-inspired painting from The Nomadic
Series. The piece is titled “Capturing the Clouds
,” by Kristin Abraham.
From December 21st-31st all of America will be participating, when one
gallery is displaying a single painting. “Without
the participation of the local communities, this type of project could
never be possible. Their support encourages us that art can bridge the
gap between lands, languages, politics and religion.” Abraham shares.
is recording the experience through original music and video. While he
does not create a song for every state, like Abraham’s art, he
works on a documentary of this physical and emotional journey. As the
artists travel, they encourage communities to participate online at
www.TheNomadicProject.com. The artwork, music, video trailer and even
journal entries can be viewed as the project unfolds.
November of 2007, all of the work created during the journey will
be united for the first time in a physical exhibit that is scheduled to
travel to each region of the country. The exhibit will begin in Florida
and follow the path of The Nomadic Project. Any emails that Abraham and
Llamas receive along the way will become part of a path that leads
viewers to each of the fifty paintings.
As Abraham and Llamas
travel through their last ten states, they continue to record their
experiences. Abraham is scribbling through her fifth sketchbook, while
Llamas journals online. These records indicate how the country has
revealed itself to them, and changed the way they view life. Abraham
and Llamas hope that The Nomadic Project will bring excitement and
inspiration to those who call this land their home.