July 8, 6pm
Join us for an outdoor Artist Talk with multidisciplinary artist Ong Siraphisut as he discusses our new public art installation BREATHE. After Ong’s talk, relax with a short breathing meditation guided by Sarah Webb, then stay for a drink and chat.
**This event is free and open to the public and will take place in front of Ong's artwork. Please bring a blanket to sit on the grass or lawn chair. Limited seating will be provided.
About The Collaborator
Sarah E. Webb’s path is comprised of many stitches, but at heart, she is a storyteller. From the artist studio to the yoga studio, her multi-disciplinary approach considers both spaces as creative sites of corporeal process and practice. For over fifteen years, Webb has taught and mentored students in yoga, writing, and meditation. She received her MFA from Visual Studies Workshop, and is currently completing her CPA in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Webb teaches writing and narrative healing workshops both online and “live" in the Rochester area; she is the co-editor of Singular Women: Writing the Artist, UC Press, 2003, a contributing writer for the online publication Instruments of Memory: Conversations with Women in the Arts, and a cast member Rochester the Mic’s 2021 upcoming performance of Listen to Your Mother. Sarah weaves her critical, visual, and perceptual background into a unique environment to map and make meaning of one’s individual stories and experiences from breath to pen, mat to page. For more information: IG @tobejustsew. Website: tobejustsew.com
About The Artist
Ong Siraphisut (b. 1979), also know as Pisithpong Siraphisut (พสิ ฐิ พงศ์ สริ ะพศิ ทุ ธ)ิ is a multidisciplinary artist who works with a range of media. In 2006, He founded ComPeung, the first independent artist residency program in Thailand. Since then he has worked with hundreds of artists from a vast variety of disciplines, ages, genders, backgrounds, and from every continent. These artists stayed and worked with him at ComPeung for a few days to over a few months. Some had come back several times, or every year for 10 years. Siraphisut loves to explore the world widely and wildly. Over the past 20 years, he traveled to over 20 countries in Asia, North America, and South America. These experiences have expanded and shaped his art practice to explore the way we think, live, and relate to each other as human beings. Recently, after more than a decade of running the residency program in Thailand and supporting other artists, Siraphisut felt he needed to create more art himself. Once his son was born in 2019, Siraphisut and his family decided to immigrate to Upstate New York, USA to raise their new family and begin his new chapter in art. Ong's work was prominently featured in the exhibition Last Year on Earth at RoCo.
Public Art At RoCo
In partnership with Christ Church and other friends, RoCo’s public art program enlivens the East Avenue neighborhood with temporary, site-specific public sculptures and special projects. Support provided by The New York State Council on the Arts, Farash Foundation, The Rochester Area Community Foundation, and The Gouvernet Arts Fund and Members of RoCo!