Write Around PAM: Heidi Schwegler

This sculpture depicts an object that resembles a bed pillow. Its shorter side is closest to the viewer. The sculpture is turned so one pillow corner is nearest the bottom center and the pillow is shown in a three-quarter view. It is deeply creased in the center as if it has been folded in half, short end to short end. The rear part of the pillow appears to be bunched upright and is indented in the center, corners jutting upward. Wrinkles, creases and piping along the seams are visible. The color is a very pale tan with cream highlights and deeper tones of tan in the creases. A shiny highlight of white is at the pillow corner nearest the viewer at bottom center.

During this time, it is important that we all take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy and heal. 

Join us for a writing exercise focused on the everyday objects we spend our days with, taking this piece by Heidi Schwegler as a starting point.  

Step 1: Make a list of 5 emotions you are feeling these days (frustrated, sad, contemplative, grateful, etc.).

Step 2: Make a list of 5 everyday objects in the room(s) around you (phone, lamp, table, desk, etc.).

Step 3: Circle one emotion and one object. Imagine you are the object feeling this emotion. Try writing from this new perspective.

Here are two prompts to help you get going. You can choose one, both or follow your own adventure. 

You can’t tell by looking… / I’ve always been…

Set a timer for 8 minutes and just keep the pen moving. 
Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. Look for a new post every Sunday in May and please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #breakforjoy #WriteAroundPAM

Heidi Schwegler, Separation Anxiety 06, 2014, cast glass, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Barbara Christy Wagner, © unknown, research required, 2016.60.2b

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