Broken Beautiful

“When you uncover my body there will be a name for every heartbreak inked into my skin.  Anyone who sees me naked will know it’s not just my body that’s vulnerable. I can still feel the buzz of a thousand needles.

Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. My mother gave me mine. Raise the cuff of my left shirt-sleeve three and a quarter inches and you will see, tattooed on my inner wrist, a long narrow instrument for scooping marrow from the bones of slow cooked meat dishes like osso bucco and oxtail stew.”    Shay Youngblood from Broken Beautiful

 

art Marrow scoop

 

Japan Project Page & Hiroshi Sugimoto in DC

Traveled to DC for the U.S. Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange. Keynote speaker Hiroshi Sugimoto shared his art, architecture and passions along with others who spoke about programs and projects leading up to the Olympics in Kyoto in 2020. The shinto shrine Sugimoto san designed on Naoshima changed me.

See my Japan Project page at www.shayyoungblood.com

Art Installation in Japan

Art Installation in Japan

Japan Performance Project

JPP Invite 4 August 2015The Indiegogo campaign to support the technical production of Add Architecture, Stir Memory was a success! Over 130 people attended the performance at the UNT on the Square Gallery on a hot Tuesday night in Texas. Looking to continue development of the work in other venues in the region and ultimately take it to Japan. Thank you to everyone who supported the work. A soft cover edition of the manuscript from the performance is now available online. Eternal gratitude.

Add Architecture, Stir Memory: A Workshop Production

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Add Architecture, Stir Memory: TX – JAPAN

A Workshop Production by Shay Youngblood

with special guests kt shorb and Lyndon Gill

Saturday, 28 June 2014 – 5-7pm  @ Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, Texas

Free and open to the public

What is the effect of memory on architecture? What is the effect of architecture on memory? How do our early memories of home shape who we become? I traveled from Texas to Tokyo in the spring of 2011 to ask these questions in the form of interviews with Japanese creatives, that would be the research for a novel set in Hawaii and Japan. Ten days after I arrived, Japan experienced the strongest earthquake in its history, which triggered a powerful tsunami and set off a nuclear disaster. In this multimedia performance I share my experience of home in Japan, my creative process and invite the audience to participate in shaping my work-in-progress.

*This workshop production is made possible with support from

ALLGO: A Texas Statewide Organization for Queer People of Color

“Impossible Landscape” artwork: Adrienne Brown

Annette Lawrence has an awesome NEW Website!!!!!!!

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On March 29th at 6:30pm Annette Lawrence will give an artists’ talk at her exhibition of new work LEANING TOWARDS AN ALGORITHM at Mountain View College in Dallas.  solo exhibition info

It has been an unexpected pleasure to watch the development of this new body of work by  Annette. Her intellect, discipline, focus and dedication to her craft continues to inspire me. Totally unbiased.

Annette Lawrence WEBSITE

Storytelling Heaven at the Dallas Museum of Art Story Slam

18th Century Marrow scoop

18th Century Marrow Scoop

 

Kathe Kollwitz

Inspired by the amazing Rob Walker’s Significant Objects Project, Carolyn Bess of Arts & Letters Live at The Dallas Museum of Art, commissioned four writers (I was among them) to create original short stories inspired by objects in the collection.  (See Rob’s blog here Materially Untrue. ) We were invited into the vault where thousands of priceless artworks are stored in a massive underground city. It was overwhelming and thrilling. There were three compelling pieces that stirred my imagination. A painting by Mark Bradford, a woodcut by Käthe Kollwitz and an 18th century silver marrow scoop. Images swirled around in my head, but there was no clear story. In the week that followed my visit to the museum I learned that my friend, the artist Terry Adkins died. I wrote a draft of “Broken Beautiful” in less than 48 hours. His loss was an unexpected element. The story became a place to channel my grief and make peace with our unfinished conversations.

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Chef Edna Lewis, photographed by Karl Bissinger

Chef Edna Lewis, photographed by Karl Bissinger

The Southern Foodways Alliance commissioned me to write a tribute to beloved Southern Chef Edna Lewis for the Women at Work Symposium at the University of Mississippi in Oxford this past fall. Over several months I got to know her through her recipes and stories about growing up on a farm in Freetown, Virginia. Her recipe for carmel cake was a revelation and a dream. Detra Payne brought Miss Lewis to life at the conference in Mississippi. It was a real homecoming. See the video of the performance at the link below.

Dinner With Edna Lewis – 20 minute video