Write Around PAM: Joe Feddersen

Flat Screen, Joe Feddersen, 19 ½ x 25, fused glass. A photo of a vertical, rectangular glass panel showing a simplified humanoid figure with an oversized rectangle for a head. The panel consists of a multitude of small glass rectangles that have been fused together forming the figure in black outline against a brick-like background pattern. The figure’s head is the outline of a large, horizontal rectangle resembling a flat screen TV. The neck, shoulders, arms, hands with thumbs sticking out, a torso, two legs and feet complete the figure. The figure is set against light blue glass rectangles that are stacked to form uneven rows with space between them being black. The piece is edged with a thin, red border.

Screens and our relationships to them continue to evolve and influence all facets of our lives—how we stay informed, how we work and learn and play, how we connect with one another, how we attempt civil discourse, even where in our spaces we spend our time. They can connect us across vast distances, and also create vast distances within the same room. Sitting with Joe Feddersen’s piece, Flat Screen, we invite you to spend time writing, with pen and paper, about how you are feeling connected (or disconnected) from those around you, and how technology changes how we see ourselves and one another. Before or after you write, spend some time learning about Feddersen’s work and life.

We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 6 mins and just keep your pen moving.

Beneath the surface… / We got caught up…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM  

Joe Feddersen (American and Colville, born 1953), Flat Screen, 2012, fused glass, Museum Purchase: Native American Acquisition Funds, © Joe Feddersen, 2012.93.1

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