In addition to bringing something to eat or drink, bring a canning jar or empty glass spaghetti sauce jar, or any glass jar with a wide mouth and lid.
Also, on a piece of paper write down something you are holding onto that you know it is time to let go of. Write as little or as much as you need to, just a single word or a whole novel if you like. It could be something that makes you angry, afraid, disappointed, something you lost, or it could be something happy but which is keeping you stuck in the past. Don't worry if you forget your paper, come anyway, I will have pens and paper to write on there. I will also have a few extra jars.
The jar will be filled with shredded cabbage and salt, which will ferment and transform into homemade sauerkraut, and the paper will be shredded, pulped, and transformed into a fresh new sheet of paper, a clean slate if you will, with which I will create a work of art.
Cabbage is transformed into sauerkraut to nourish the body, and a piece of paper and the emotions tied up in it are transformed into art to nourish the soul.
After the first dinner party, my mom said in typical mom fashion, "Now, how is this art? and how does it relate to the Art and Tech department that you are in?" Frustraited and sarcastically I said "I don't know, I'll make robots powered by Sauerkraut!" Then I was like Wait, that is actually a really good idea, I will make robots powered by sauerkraut! And the robots will draw on the paper! But if you want to see the robots and the drawings, you'll have to come to the show. May 9-19, 2011, in Hopkins Hall Gallery. Opening reception on Monday May 9th from 5-7pm. (Or look at the blog since the show is over.)