This lightweight canvas tote features a drawing of John Peña Word Balloons installation from our 2014 Artists in Residence exhibition. It measures 15" by 15" with 14" drop handles.
"For the Mattress Factory, I created a small and large three-dimensional word balloon. I fabricated the sculptures by layering and shaping sheets of extruded foam and coating it with plaster. Both of the sculptures were then elevated above the ground with a series of 2 x 4s. I wanted to explore how the act of daily speech, which though mostly invisible, has the capacity to carry a significant intellectual and emotional weight. When manifested in the physical world, these words can be so light and yet so heavy that they need to be braced in order to remain in the world. As in life, there are times when I say things then find myself constructing elaborate bracing methods to support whatever I’ve said for fear that it will come crashing down."
John Peña is a multi-disciplinary artist who engages with the natural world to reveal the subtle relationships between humans and nature. Through his art, Peña tries to communicate with the environment around him, often documenting a memorable moment or encounter. Those experiences are then pieced together to create a larger story that evokes appreciation for the ordinary moments in daily life.