5 x 5 times 2 (A New York Minute)

The collaboration project between Sally Casper and Heidi Dauphin unfolded over two years. As friends and artistic inspirations to each other for over 15 years we have come to understand and support each other’s artistic growth, style, and creative process. We met in our freshman Drawing I and Design I classes at the University of Michigan School of Art, where our drawing professor told us it was a good idea to “make and keep art friends”. This is truly where the collaboration began.

In July of 2001, Heidi moved to the Boston area, leaving Sally in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In order to stay connected both as friends and artists, we decided to start a collaborative project across the miles. Working with nine 5" x 5" squares of wood, we each started collaging, transforming, manipulating, and artistically enhancing each square in our own studio.

Once these squares were at a point of completion, we sent digital photographs of our nine squares to the other artist. Upon receiving the other artist’s digital images, we responded by changing them, incorporating the images into our own squares or beginning new ones, to further continue the transformation. Even when the individual squares were completed the collaboration continued with many discussions about the presentation and installation of all the squares. This two year project was a learning experience which strengthened our artistic processes and our friendship.

Shown at Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, Mass. in April 2003


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5 x 5 times 2
A New York Minute
2001 - 2003
Mixed media
69x21x5"



5 x 5 times 2
A New York Minute

left side view



5 x 5 times 2
A New York Minute

right side view


5 x 5 times 2
A New York Minute

detail



5 x 5 times 2
A New York Minute

detail



5 x 5 times 2
A New York Minute

detail

detail of Sally's squares



detail of Heidi's squares



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