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Of One Mind is a collaboration between local artists Autumn Gary and Alexis Javier around the theme of “oneness,” an approach outlined in the Ohèn:ton Karihwatéhkwen, or the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address. In this invocation, participants express gratitude for life-sustaining forces and elements, effectively recognizing humans’ inseparable bond to the natural and spiritual worlds. Each verse concludes with the following refrain: “Now our minds are one.”

Gary and Javier’s original sculptural installation will speak to this idea, highlighting art’s ability to act as a unified, timeless, and inclusive language. A series of abstract sculptures will demonstrate our symbiotic relationship to the cosmos and the recurring myths that connect the ancient past, our present moment, and the future. This exhibition will also include interactive sensory elements to empower and welcome all visitors. Finally, Gary will create a series of outdoor sculptures for the Jepson’s terraces around the theme of nature as guide.

This exhibition is part of the #art912 initiative, a platform dedicated to raising the visibility and vitality of artists living and working in Savannah. Of One Mind is organized by Telfair Museums and curated by Anne-Solène Bayan, assistant curator.

About the Artists:

Autumn Gary, 2024. Courtesy of the artist.

Autumn Gary (b.1975), an American/First Nations painter, sculptor, and art instructor from Portland Oregon, is largely self-taught. Her practice revolves around therapeutic art outreach, public art, and intertribal collaboration with indigenous/native arts communities.

Alexis Javier, 2023. Courtesy of the artist, © Brian Granger.

Alexis Javier (b.1982), an American mixed-media artist with Puerto Rican roots, earned his BFA from SCAD in 2006 and is a founding member of ARTS Southeast’s Sulfur Studios and the Latin/Native American artists and curators collective SOY X SOY.

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