For this assignment, I went to the Marilyn Werby Gallery and interviewed Kayla R. Workman (http://Kaylaraecreates.weebly.com) In this section of the art galleries, the art displayed were from a Cross- Cultural and Community Based Practice in Art. The art that was displayed was from Acacia Adult Day Services. The art shown is a glass painting, which is inspired by the Japanese tradition of the Notan (Stained Glass Notan). This particular piece has a black background, with a start in the corner. What makes this piece unique is that the start is divided by two colors- yellow and red. In addition, there are objects that look to replicate a planet and a rocket ship. The piece had a rough texture and contained a glass frame.
When I interviewed Kayla, she explained why she chose to work with the people that where involved in the making of the Notans. She explained that she had a great-uncle that suffered from alzheimer and so did a few of the people she worked with at the Acacia Adult Day Services too. She said that she wanted to get a better understanding how to work with people that suffer from this disease. As it related to the art displayed, she expressed that this particular activity was hard to complete because many of its Artists would get distracted and not complete the activity. This display is special to me because I too know someone who is currently suffering from the disease. I admire Kayla’s patients and dedication to the work of community service.
Kayla has an inspirational and warming character. She explained to me that she is a student at CSULB. As this art work was enjoyable to see, it truly touched my heart. If I were to be able to see all the wonderful people that created these beautiful art work, I would seriously have tears running down my face. To me, it is a great accomplishment for people who suffer from this disease to view the masterpieces that they have created.
To sum it all up, the work that these people at the Adult Care completed were asked to complete a harmonious Notan with special consideration for space, shape, and color. This activity was intended to be a therapeutic art, in which the focus was on creativity and encourage positive emotion through art.