Please join us on Sunday, December 21st at 7pm for Artist Talk and Book Launch for Jess Hirsch’s project, ‘Emotional Platings.’
During the month of October, Rethinking Public Spaces artist, Jess Hirsch brought her project Emotional Platings to Willmar, Delano, and Cambridge, Mn. Emotional Platings is a series of picnic kits from trees that heal specific emotions, identified in the Bach Flower Essence philosophy developed by Edward Bach in the 1940s. Each picnic kit includes a blanket, servingware crafted by the artist, a notecard with conversational prompts, and a notebook. The public was invited to check out a specific kit in advance, asked to bring food to share, and then was paired with a stranger based on the emotion they have selected. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, Hirsch hoped to explore the rural/urban divide by traveling to these 3 rural towns throughout Minnesota, asking people to check out a kit and explore emotion together.
About the Artist
Jess Hirsch is a conceptual artist investigating the healing world through installation and sculpture. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and is the recipient of the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, MN State Arts Board Grant, and the Jerome Emerging Artist Project Grant. Her art practice focuses on educating the public on alternative health practices through everyday experiences such as bathing, eating, and sleeping.
This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.