Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: The Beat

My name is Cristina Sims, Camp SimWittEd, and my project is called “The Beat.”

What inspired me?

This installation is inspired by the authors that shaped my worldview as a young seeker. The ideas and items presented capture my fascination with the archetype of “the writer”. Sometimes lonely, usually tormented and always a voice that defies and challenges. I have created this desk as an alter to that romanticized figure in my mind. 

The Beat by Cristina Sims

What do I hope people get out of the piece?

I want people to sit and explore; experience the vibe. There are stories to read and stories to tell. The typewriter awaits! Write a poem, have a smoke, read a passage and inspire the mind to know. There are gifts to find and mysteries to uncover all while the sweet sound of jazz fills the air.

What did I learn?

The installation became a voyeuristic experience for me and transformed my expectations about the what I had created. As I watched, the piece became less about the objects and arrangement and more about the grace of the lingering cigarette smoke, the way the lamp light glows on the curve of her neck, the sound of the keys clacking when a fevered idea goes onto paper and the items that were left behind as offerings. It came to life in a way that surpassed my intention and imagination. 

I would like to thank Nessa Reed for sewing the desk covering and my dear, sweet husband Jason for his unwavering support for all my endeavors. 

I would like to dedicate this installation to my mother, Martha, a well read woman.