Meeting Eileen Botsford
Two times I had the chance to meet Eileen Botsford. She was born in Athens but brought up on Syros island. Her master was in Fine Arts at Slade School of Fine Arts in London and she didn’t come straight back…
She names her activity as land art and community art.
The first time we meet she showed me an exhibition of the project that she initiated. ”Cruises" is about Boat Trips: A Visual Exhibition from the Cyclades and the Dodecanese. The purpose of this action taken by Primary and Secondary Schools of Leros, Lipsi, Kos, Syros, Naxos, Milos and Thira was the journey of imagination through artistic creation, the cultivation of artistic expression with emphasis on insularity and the common insular origin of students. Moreover, she wants to eliminate the distances between the greek islands through artistic expression and exchange of ideas, experiences and information among students.
The second time she took me to see some cracks that were (still) filled with golden mud. Filling the gaps was part of the project that she had with underprivileged children. Usually these kind of children knows their lives as being cared and worried about. Her project was to give them the opposite experience since they were filling up the cracks in the weals in the town with “gold”. This act was also having a memory when Chinese were glowing broken ceramics with gold.