Student Sonia Booth Writes about my workshop at Old City Green in the Piñata Cycle :
What does it mean to create something beautiful and then hit it until it bleeds candy? Do we bash this object apart just for the joyous look (after the carnage) that appears on our friends’ faces as they collect treasures? Or is there a bigger meaning to this ritual? Kate Clark’s two-part class on piñatas during the June 2012 session of Knowledge Commons DC led me to ponder the ephemeral nature of things, and I’d like to share some of what I learned from this class.
I am certain that the hardest part of the piñata cycle for me, as the artist, is the destruction. I still cannot bring myself to break my ferocious bat piñata I spent hours creating. My piñata sits in my dining room and stares at me with its big animal-eyes. My housemate calls the piñata the totem of our group house; it has become both an emblem for the house and a part of the family. I know one day I will have to wallop it with gusto, out of respect for the piñata cycle (see below).