War, famine, revolution, repression, terrorism, fanaticism of all
stripes, wind, water, fire, ice, drought, flooding, cyclones, earthquakes
—what in the world in going on?!! We are spinning out of control
on all fronts, physically, geophysically, socially and politically
and this greatest of all xtreme reality shows is featured daily
on the Weather Channel.
And yet, at the same time, we are all struggling to stay civil,
recognize and create beauty, and be as peaceful as possible under
the circumstances. The Oiseaux Sisters’ Hullabaloo On The
Weather Channel, invites the audience in with a blue bird bearing
the words of poet Kenneth Patchen:
Happy you could
Out of this
Quite figured on
The proscenium for our stage consists of a set of Prayer Flags For
Everyday Artists touting useful thoughts and icons to carry us through
all manner of extremes. Center stage, our youthful spirit impresario
selves orchestrate the hullabaloo against a back drop of the heavens,
while their puppet minions dance on the Masonic mountain top and further
stir things up. Other characters— a peach, a car, palms, a cup,
a hungry house, a frisking dog, line up at the foot lights waiting
for their moment.
Waiting in the wings in the form of little tin story paintings are
all sorts of weather to heighten the mood, while below, from the orchestra
pit comes the ominous rumble of volcanoes. Yet, the fish continues
to swim and the leaves unfurl and begin their living/dying season.
Oh, how will it all come out? This is an audience participation piece
and we are all just as confused and vulnerable as Adam and Eve, not
knowing which way to turn, what to do, what garment to take cover
in. Time will tell.
The Oiseaux Sisters are Susan Andrews and Carolyn Fellman, two artist
entrepreneurs who have been working together for more than 20 years.
As artists we craft objects and images, a slow meditative and somewhat
archaic way of working. We perch, at the edge of the 21st Century,
change accelerating all around us, grabbing at little glints of insight
and trying to pin them down in talismans of wood or metal or paper,
or shimmering image. Our work tells the stories of travels and travelers
exploring the borders of possibility in this time of upheaval and