“Lyra’s Drawing” (2016) Lyra Esposito Steele with collaborators Laura Steele and John Esposito. Colored Pencil, Watercolors. 52 x 34.5 inches
On the Barrick Museum’s Xeric garden patio, there will be plenty of materials and watercolor paper for a special Visitor- Made Series April 21, says Alisha Kerlin, Collections Manager. It was an artist, and a graduate school colleague from the Bard’s Milton Avery School of Art, who inspired the idea of creating a large–scale work with a small child. Anything can happen. Here was the creative process:
We started by taping a large sheet of heavy watercolor paper to the floor. Daily, over a period of one month, we took time to focus on drawing with Lyra, our two-year-old, by using colored pencils and water, building on what we had done in the days before. Lyra had free reign to draw when, where, and what she wanted. John and I added shapes and color fields to accentuate Lyra’s markings, and occasionally trace a foot or hand, as instructed by Lyra. At two, Lyra seems to know exactly what she wants and often told us what colors to use, where to sit and make marks. Throughout the process we were careful to follow her lead so as to maintain Lyra’s spirit and voice in the drawing as much as possible.
Big Kid / Little Kid Collaboration” will be held from 4 to 7 pm on April 21. Artist teams can arrive anytime. Stay for a short creative spurt, or stay the whole time. The Barrick Museum will supply large-scale paper, non-toxic paints and other materials. When the masterpiece is completed it can stay behind to be displayed in the lobby, or be taken home to hang on the wall.