meadow

Sundays on State Aug 7th, 21st & Sept 4th, 2022
 
meadow is a collaborative mixed-media 3-D visual art installation which will take the form of 20,000+ individually hand-designed petals/flowers as a hanging floral arrangement and vertical chromatic garden. With copy paper, glue, watercolor, rhinestones  + other mixed media - thousands and thousands of hand painted petals, my goal is friendship through art. “Scoop up water and the moon is in your hands. Toy with flowers and their fragrance scents your garments.” These couplets come from the records of Master Kido. It is said that the origin of flower arranging (ikebana) began when the emperor Saga (786-842) saw a wild chrysanthemum in his garden and offered it to the Buddha. Like the flowers we encounter every day, biodiversity is never questioned, only realized. The joy of all the colors in the world are to be celebrated.

 
I started this project a few years ago when my love for paper art intersected with my love flowers. Learning to make small arrangements that would last longer than fresh cut flowers. Yet, I have never made an installation of this size and for such a large audience or reception. When you take your pictures in front of this wall, just know that every petal was crafted personally by hand, and is a small piece of the larger picture—like humans in the universe. Please handle gently so these precious, fragile, pieces may continue to be shared with all who would like to interact with it just as you are doing today. Thank you for the love and support. Please tag: #meadowonstatestreet #sundaysonstatemeadow #meadowchakat
 

"Chaka has been developing her own "Glitter-ati" art style; taking glitter and glue, and making a folk / pop art explosion of Color, memory and icon, into something that (if I had it my way) would be wrapped in a POP-TART Silver soul packet and sold in soho, along side Warhol for every art collector's "Breakfast of champions". A toaster 'pop up' that is fresh and free, and in the moment... 'now'.  She has a strong passion for each of the subjects that she puts to glue and glitter. And the detail and focus of her work shows in every work of art she produces. She wouldn't do it if she didn't love it. You can tell. "
-Frank Orrall, Poi dog Pondering & Thievery Corporation
 
She is the founder of Sugar Fly With Me, a DJ & Live String Collective with violins, cello and drums.  Started in 2000, Travis and her collective have played throughout Chicago and across the country on stages big and small.
 
Carolynn has worked with pop/rock/soul band (15 members!) Poi dog Pondering since 1995. From label manager to merch girl, hand claps to executive producer, Travis has enjoyed the success of working with an indie band whose longevity in the music business is unheard of save for rock giants. Since 1984, Poi has been making music and touring to a spirited audience that isn't going away any time soon.  From raves in Wisconsin to playing with the Sinfonietta, Travis' love of production and making the magic happen raises the bar year after year.

Since 2003, Travis has been a leader in hearing conservation and education through her company - Earlove.net. Her goal is to stop the worldwide epidemic of hearing loss.