As a Seed Artist, I have witnessed so many powerful experiences over the past year. I‘ve been able to make new friendships. I’ve witnessed different creative art styles from each artist. I’ve had an opportunity to work with my former professor, Dr. Bing Davis, from Central State University. I never thought in a million years that I would be among his presence, hearing him speak about this personal belief and the spiritual connection he has with African Adinkra symbols.
Jon Lockard and Bing Davis provided the Seed Family with a written road map to assist us in developing the design for the Seed artwork. Lead Artists Seitu Jones and Tacoumba Aiken felt that, in order to develop this design, we needed to create a story concept, based on the narrative sent by these Master Artists. We decided that we would begin our first design session with each artist reading a passage from this narrative. We took that moment to analyze the words and meanings of Jon and Bing. Their words empowered our minds, body and souls.
Thereafter, we began bouncing words off of one another; explaining and expressing moments that represented the north side community. We all agreed the theme of the story would be created from the word “seed”–the seed represents life. Once we were able to determine the theme, it felt like being a part of an art movement. The group began developing and filling in more details and elements of the story. The story began forming spiritual and emotional beliefs.
Together we are proving to all who may listen, that there is real truth to the notion and belief that art brings together new and old life. Art is the seed of life.
Here is the collective narrative that sprang from this process:
The Beginning of the Seed’s Story
The Bird descends…flying through the concrete jungle, the bird carries a Seed from the Cosmos…It drops the seed amongst the concrete where it falls into a crack…into the black dirt. The hidden stream beneath nourishes the seed. The wise turtle winds a path, which creates a route for seed. Guided by the beat of the drum the Seed synchronizes to a rhythm, a rhythm that contains all the information of its DNA, of life’s DNA. The wise turtle’s path stretches to the crossroads, reaching East and West. The Seed’s roots began to grow and spread and the Seed begins to sprout. As the seed matures into a young sapling…Lightning strikes the soil, splitting the sapling…
Part of the Tree Sapling, now split in half, begins to ascend Black up into the Cosmos…
The other half of the sapling scatters new seeds…the new seeds grow.
Photo credit: Stephanie D. Morris, 2014.