More Press..... iN:SiTE / Art on Fond du Lac / Looking to a Place Beyond

Annushka Peck - iN:SiTE 2013
Annushka Peck and assistants installing 'Looking to a Place Beyond' 

Reginald Baylor - Art on Fond du Lac
Reginald Baylor and volunteers installing his piece, 'A Common Denominator'

Below are some links for recent press on iN:SiTE's Art on Fond du Lac project...

Express Milwaukee  

Neighborhood News Service

Susan Bence for WUWM / Lake Effect  - follow the link to listen to the report. Images from her photo essay are above.

Art on Fond du Lac Events June 29-30

Annushka Gisella Peck   Looking to a Place Beyond   2013
Curious about what events are going on with iN:SiTE's Art on Fond du Lac project? Two days of events starting this afternoon and running through tomorrow evening, that's what!
I will be at the Johnsons Park Pavilion (1919 W Fond du Lac Ave.) to talk about my project along with fellow iN:SiTE artist Chelsea Waitand several other organizations (Milwaukee Urban Gardens,Groundwork Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Theater, Worrmfarm and more!) from 3:00-6:00 today.
For more detail, you can check out iN:SiTE's page at this link ... — at Johnson Park.

Looking to a Place Beyond - Statement

Looking to a Place Beyond

When people move and uproot their lives to relocate, their motivation is borne on the hope of finding, or being able to build a better circumstance. This hope carried the slaves from the south, guided by the constellation Ursa Major and the code of quilts laid out on fences. Their travel was a collective act, involving the assistance of abolitionists, casual opportunists and many more who risked their lives to ensure the slaves safe passage.  This act built a community – an experience that bound the lives of participants and observers to one another.  While ultimately a fraternity of thought not bound to geography, those points where events occurred also became physically-locatable communities in their own right, diverse in their history and participants, but with common experiences tied to the past.

Sites for gathering, like Johnson’s Park often have a history of communion that extends beyond our time.  These sites serve as beacons for congregating, and bellwethers for the circumstances of their communities. The area now known as Johnson’s Park in Milwaukee has a deep history and connection to the past. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad and later a nexus between highway development and neighborhood resistance, the Johnson’s Park neighborhood is now in the midst of gathering resources and rebuilding itself after years of job and home loss.

This sculpture, titled Looking to a Place Beyond, is modeled after this history of Johnson’s Park and the nests of the Sociable Weaver Bird, a species native to the Kalahari known for building and maintaining colossal intra- and inter-species nests.  While the forms of their nests are dramatic, they serve the purpose of providing safe shelter from predators, insulation from the heat and cold of the desert, as well as acting as a network for locating food and resources. In Looking to a Place Beyond, the nests of houses, along with the quilt patterns and arrangement of elements in the form of the Drinking Gourd serve as metaphors for the events that shaped and currently work to form our communities. This piece is an invitation to gather, to share and to build.

Annushka Gisella Peck