This page is a virtual commonplace book where we’ll share the thoughts, readings, art, and everythings that are feeding our creative process as we explore this year’s theme. You can share your own artwork and thoughts in conversation by using the hashtag #apossiblepractice. Please clear time to visit again as this page continues to grow. Please help us water it.

A POSSIBLE PRACTICE invites Maine-based artists to create alongside us in conversation with this theme. Throughout 2019, we will host site-specific art installations/open creative spaces around the state, culminating in a retrospective artist’s book that catalogs our time together. Please read about this season’s theme ↓ and (if you feel yes, this!) apply.

Originally published in BOAAT (October/November 2018).

consumption/to consume/to be consumed by [something], to name as an attempt to know, “language is the fugitive of meaning”, lineage, human as animal, body as home, a fluidity of being, how power is wielded to define us, violence as or against creation

Do these words slam open a window where the breeze blows wild in you? If yes → make art! Clear the time and space to DO IT. Make art that surprises you. In any medium, in any way. Go deep. Sink in. Read and re-read. Stare into the center of yourself and bring something back. Share it with us. We’ll be doing the same.


Over the past couple of years, we’ve spun out about why (and even if) writing and art making matters right now. In “Why Writing Matters in the Age of Despair” by Lyz Lenz, we hear echoes of our private and collective despair—and the resolve, at all costs, to not be erased. We work to welcome the nuance, the tangle, the hard questioning. We make art as proof of our lived experience, of our enduring existence.

Support for A POSSIBLE PRACTICE 2019 is provided by the Kindling Fund, a grant administered by SPACE as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program.


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