Poppies Will Put Her to Sleep – TRT 3:58
Following her death, I transformed Mom’s shoes into the most brilliant and shiny Ruby Sippers I could using glue and glitter placed one piece at a time. When I wasn’t meditating on shoes I was cutting her blue outfit into fabric petals with the intent to make poppies.
Dressed as Dorothy, with Mom’s Ruby Slippers and petals in tow, I found a mother Douglas fir tree, sat down, and assembled poppy flowers. For me, the assembly process was akin to taking fragmented pieces of Mom in an attempt to unify her. Eventually I rested amongst Mom’s poppy flowers. Poppies Will Put Her to Sleep captures and shares this healing ritual.
KATHRYN CELLERINI MOORE (b.1984) constructs objects and performances intended for self-reflection and healing. Moore believes that openly sharing thoughts, emotions and coping strategies through the transformative process of making art is important in a culture that prefers emotions be masked or tucked away from the public realm.
Moore’s artwork was curated into the ¬Month of Performance Art in Berlin, Germany, the Does Live Art Have to Be Experienced Live? performance art series at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, WA, and the experimental performance event Collective Becoming: Expressions of Love, Freedom and Resistance at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her work was exhibited in venues including The Art and History Museum in Maitland, FL; Duplex Gallery in Portland, OR; The Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, OR; The McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, OH; Center of Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Seattle, WA; Hunter College Times Square Gallery in NY, NY; and Besse Gallery at Bay College, Escanaba, MI. Moore presented her research at the first Mokuhanga Conference in Kyoto and Awaji, Japan and was recently an artist-in-residence at PLAYA Summer Lake and for TEDxSalem. Moore will be in residence with Djerassi in September 2018, and she lives, works, and plays in the Pacific Northwest. She is a wife, and mom to two cats.