For those who haven’t experienced it yet, could you briefly describe the art installation?
Jessica: First you go into the Where Do We Go from Here exhibition, which highlights stories of real people going through the pandemic. So the idea is that you've really immersed yourself in all of these stories and hopefully have connected with the stories as well. Then you're led into the reflection space and immediately as you go in, you can sense this quietness. You turn the corner, and we have five trees with fabric ribbons as their leaves.
People can see the trees, and then there's also a craft table with some prompts that guide them through how to engage with this space. We're asking people to reflect on their own experiences going through this pandemic and to express whatever they want to express and however they want to express it directly onto the leaves.
We have tags, and we have origami paper and ribbon and markers and everything. So people are encouraged to really think about their emotions, their memories, their hopes and dreams — and to put them on the trees.
I also did some background music for the exhibition using crystal singing bowls and a little bit of meditative vocals on my part. And I used some sounds from nature — birds and water and that sort of thing just to lend to that meditative atmosphere that we wanted to give people.
And then we have 1,000 origami lilies suspended from the ceiling. Origami is something that I've done ever since I was a child, and 1,000 paper cranes is a standard practice where if you make 1,000 cranes, your wishes will come true. So the paper lilies are sort of like a twist on that. I've made these 1,000 paper lilies in hopes that your wishes will come true.