22 Apr '17, 7am
Artist Jim Denevan Uses Sand to Soothe the Soul
Jim Denevan is known for founding Outstanding in the Field, a roving, farm-to-table meal event, and his disappearing art . That’s right. Denevan aims to make art that nature can destroy. Stress relief with sand Denevan started making art in 1995. The first material he used was sand. It was readily available in California, where Denevan resides, and soothing to work with. At the time, Denevan used his art creation as a stress relief tool. “My mother became ill with Alzheimers—regarding all off the stress and sadness associated with my mother’s illness, the drawing in the sand was not only only mentally and physically soothing it was also mentally and physically challenging.” Denevan explains that his art helped him feel strong—like he was composing his life. This control allowed him to work through his mother’s illness and come to terms with other challenges that came up. “...