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Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison: Mikawa

Gallery Workshop for Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison's MikawaIn December 2017, Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented an accessible art workshop at Jack Straw in conjunction with the installation Mikawa by composer Garrett Fisher and visual artist Tori Ellison. The installation incorporated gently moving fiber-optic and fabric panels, backlit superimposed photographs, and sound from composer Garrett Fisher’s opera The Iris. The piece takes inspiration from a poem in the ancient Japanese epic Tales of Ise, wherein a poet travels to the watery province to meditate on longing, beauty, and the ephemeral.

After the workshop participants had had a chance to experience the installation, Tori helped the group explore translucency and light, cutting and layering colored acrylic sheets and sheer fabrics into collage elements, to be placed in windows or hung as mobiles. The work was then hung in the gallery as part of the installation.

Next, the participants created a sound collage using their voices and sounds they created in the studio. The text they used was a short poem by Jesse Minkert, inspired by Mikawa.




Garrett Fisher sitting, working on a tablet computer

Garrett Fisher

Garrett Fisher has created more than a dozen opera-theatre productions in the US and Europe, work that “has combined elements of opera, dance, Indian raga, Japanese Noh theater and…


Tori Ellison

Tori Ellison has exhibited work in eleven states and abroad, at venues including: Portland Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, the Utah Museum…

Photo of Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert’s work has appeared in about fifty literary journals including the Cream City Review, Confrontation, Mount Hope, the Floating Bridge Review, the Minetta Review, Poetry Northwest, Common Knowledge…



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