Finding a common language between our everyday lives and the arts drives Josh's work.
He believes art can transform lives through visioning and creation in addition to experiencing the result. To this end, his projects incorporate community participation whenever possible to create art that is not just "in" but "of" the community.
Most recently Josh partnered with the homeless community on "Finding Home," a year long project that aimed "to shed light on the issues of homelessness, break down the stigmas, and bring people together," according to an article in Fiber Arts Magazine. Weaving workshops were conducted where people wrote their stories of homelessness and journeys home on strips of Polytab fabric and wove them together to create the "canvas" of the mural.
"These words are hidden in the warp and weft but their message is deeply embedded, the soul of the mural." -Fiber Arts Magazine
Community taking on the roll of artists for perhaps the first time, created a monument to their journey for all to see and felt empowered in their own synergistic ability to "make" something that is so much more.
Other projects include a five-year study in Tucson Arizona's oldest community Barrio Anita giving rise to the 7500 sq ft "Anita's Song."
The Memphis, TN Central High School mural "Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory" was titled from the last public words spoken by Dr. King in his speech to support the sanitation worker's strike.
"Take my hand" were the last words uttered by Dr. King as he lay dying in front of door 306 at the Lorraine Motel (also the numerical address of Central High School).
It is the "Interbeing" of Memphis history, the sadness and joy, that defines this mural project for the high school students involved.
"Metamorphosis" grew out of community collaboration from the Ridge Homeless Shelter residents in Philadelphia, PA
Youth who have experienced trauma will help shape a mural of healing and comment on the loss of the childhood experience for many in Philadelphia.
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