Vanessa Russell

As an educator and activist, Vanessa searches for joy and hope in all the right places during these globally uncertain times.


Response by Arwyn Carpenter

Artist Statement

Patti and Vanessa attended the story-telling sessions separately but their stories of joy each involved their love for the other and so I couldn’t resist choosing both their stories: Patti’s of the two of them dancing together in the kitchen; and Vanessa’s of finally finding the safe haven of love through Patti’s singing of Laura Smith’s rendition of “My Bonny”. Through their open-hearted stories and details, the dance made itself.

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