What will Come From the Ashes?

A seed by: Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff
Project: Calling our Ancestors Home
Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff is a visual artist working in 3-dimentions and mixed media. She is a professor of 30 years at Pennsylvania Western University at Clarion in Clarion, Pennsylvania and is currently teaching sculpture, 3-Design, and African American Art and Artists. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1991, with a concentration in sculpture, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, also with a concentration in sculpture in the year 1994. For over thirty years she has been exhibiting and lecturing on her artwork in both national, and international exhibitions. She is affiliated and collaborates with Pounds Per Square Inch Performance out of Toronto, ON, Canada. She has also exhibited at The Scottsdale Center for Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Ossabaw Island Foundation out of Savannah, Georgia, The Foundation for Contemporary Art in Accra, Ghana, and The Peruvian North American Cultural Center in Arequipa, Peru. Her latest artistic undertakings are with the Art of Peace II in tandem with The Arrivals Legacy Project directed by dramaturge and cultural animator Diane Roberts out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and choreographer Gerry Trentham, and The Apology Project, with Pounds-Per-Square-Inch-Performance under artistic director Gerry Trentham out of Toronto, Canada. Both projects are interdisciplinary collaborations between performers, artists, and filmmakers.


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My compelling moment occurred on the 7th of April 2023. On this date I meet with my pod members to discuss our thoughts, concerns, and insights regarding the residency. At that time I had completed my first Seedpod, May I Keep Her Floating? My pod members watched my experimental video. Afterwards they provided me with many constructive and useful criticisms, related to their perceptions and associations of the imagery with the work. Overall, questions related to social class, race and ethnic origins were discussed. Their comments left me questioning and considering aspects of my ancestral origins, and the development of the mixed-race community from which my maternal ancestry comes from.

For me this seed proposes an examination of the interplay between imagery and material. And how this interplay of contrasting contexts can create psychological tensions.

Credits: This seed was filmed by photographer Prince Brooks of 32 ½ Productions out of Clarion, Pennsylvania USA.  Website:

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