Andrew Purchin

Andrew Purchin

Description

I’m an artist who practices painting, psychotherapy and filmmaking. I create art making interventions in places that need them. In 2016, I facilitated guided art making meditations on a 170 foot Curious Scroll at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Before the 2018 November elections, people in Santa Cruz County painted what they found beautiful and ugly on the scroll. Questions like, “How does something ugly in the news become beautiful?” resulted in remarkable art making, poignant stories and a short documentary called: The Curious Scroll. Before the 2020 presidential election, I will bring the Curious Scroll and a film crew to places where the tension is greatest across the US. As I converse with members of the public, I will invite them to play with wet and dry art materials, sewing supplies and local paraphernalia to help them get more curious and compassionate towards those they disagree with. I will offer two dynamic activities and complete a documentary by 2021. On the street: I will ask: Can you show me with the paint and other art supplies how you would feel if the other side wins and gets their way? Show me your angry, sad, scared, despair. What would you lose? Now, can you imagine how the other side would feel and how their painting would look should they lose? At Community Centers: I will invite opposing sides to try to convince each other of their point of view while they tie the scroll into a knot. How tight do you think the knot would get when let’s say, gun rights activists and gun control activists try to convince the other why they are right as they tie the scroll into a knot? Then I will ask both sides to work together to untie that knot in silence. We can’t know what characters and stories will emerge. But the resulting documentary will tell a dynamic story about our efforts to become more compassionate and curious towards the other.

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