Monday, June 8, 2015

Winners of the 2nd Annual HNMCP Art Contest Now Hanging in Pound Hall

This spring, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program held its 2nd annual Art Contest. The motivation behind the contest is our belief that creative expressions of conflict resolution promote and advance peace itself. HNMCP builds community around conflict resolution skills and practice, and we want our space to reflect our values. We seek to feature creative representations of conflict resolution and peacemaking throughout our space.

Please visit our space to see this year’s winners!


The Blind Mens ElephantDiana Baumbauer
The Blind Men’s Elephant

From the artist’s statement: “Recreating the human form or representing human desires and aspirations in a doll or an animal made of cloth is one of the most fulfilling endeavors I could imagine for myself. From original sketches to material selections and finally the finished work, each doll or animal carries with it a uniqueness and energy that is shared with the person as he or she engages with it. People connect with my work on a tactile level sparking their imagination that brings them joy.

An earlier edition of this submission, The Blind Men’s Elephant, was a commissioned piece currently used in the integrative law movement as a tool advancing the discussion from many viewpoints to a discussion of the whole. Based on the poem of the same name, this piece demonstrates the broadly held belief that an individual’s world view may limit the acceptance of a larger truth. The elephant represents the many sides of a conflict, as the six blind men touching upon its body identify each part of the elephant differently. Each part represents a singular solution participants bring to the discussion. Through sharing and dialogue the larger picture, or the whole elephant, emerges. This process gradually reduces conflict, identifies possible resolutions and heals souls.”


Skateboarders at Venice BeachRebecca Maddalo
Skateboarders at Venice Beach

From the artist’s statement: “I visited California recently, and I was in awe of this skate park. I had never seen anything like it. There were at one point 15 people skating at the same time, but there were no collisions, no brawls, no disruptions. The entire structure, people and all, worked like a living organism. Every part of it was in sync with the other moving pieces. There was respect and consideration for others’ desires and wellbeing. It felt to me as society should be.”


Two Sides Two TruthsMarilyn Sherman
Two Sides, Two Truths

From the artist’s statement: Two Sides, Two Truths is part of an ongoing project titled, “Not My Child, Not Your Child.”  Born in response to the military recruiting materials sent to my teenage sons, this body of work considers the subject of war, the sorrow inflicted on mothers on both sides of conflict, and the hope for peace.  Leaving room for the viewer’s personal interpretations, the intention is for contemplation, leading to an open heart, resulting in change.


My work is as much about the process as it is about the subject matter.  Whether the lens is from my cell phone, scanner or camera, it all begins with my photographs.  Sometimes the images are manipulated in Photoshop, sometimes not.  From there, I use a non-toxic photopolymer etching process. Using etching ink, I hand wipe the plate, varying my inking each time, and run the plate through an etching press, printing onto fine art paper.  I often create multiple layers with repeated runs through the press.  The spirit of adventure and experimentation are constant during the process.  Each piece I create is a unique print (monoprint).  I’m never exactly sure how the print will look until I pull it from the press and embrace the element of surprise inherent in the medium.”