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Round Trips - Murals

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Completed June 1st, 2019

Immense gratitude to the city of Rockford for hooking me up with this great project and for being such great hosts! I am definitely in one of my happy places being outside painting big walls like this, so thanks again for helping me to keep this momentum going. Also huge thanks to Anthony Lewellen, Erik C. Harris, and Nick Herrera for the capable and extremely valuable helping hands.

Here’s a little backstory about how I drifted into the title of this mural:

After the owner of the mural site had expressed concern about damaging the ivy growing up the side of the building's walls, I suggested using it as a design element of the mural. I came up with using circles of negative space to create framing for the places the ivy will continue to grow. During the design process I was listening to an interview with environmental activist, Joanna Macy, who happened to read the following poem by Rainer Maria Rilke:

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?

Upon hearing that I was reminded of something which I return to frequently, which is the idea of "widening our circles of compassion". I couldn't remember where I'd originally heard that, so after doing an internet search my foggy memory was refreshed by this fantastic quote from Albert Einstein:

"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Huge co-sign, Albert Einstein.

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CHRIS SILVA'S creative pursuits are firmly rooted in Chicago's urban culture. Chris was an innovative figure in Chicago’s early graffiti and skateboarding scenes and from that foundation proceeded to play a significant role in the development of what is now commonly referred to as "street art". Chris splits his time between working on large-scale commissions, producing gallery oriented work, and leading community-based public art projects. As a self-taught sound artist with roots in DJ culture, Chris also anchors a collaborative recording project known as, This Mother Falcon.


I am concerned with how people relate to themselves, to each other, and to their environment. I'm deeply saddened by cruelty, xenophobia, and greed, and am motivated to give artistic presence to those concerns, and/or present an inspirational and generous alternative. I seek to make work that is engaging to children, speaks to the inner children of adults, and has a healthy dose of unpretentious complexity. I appreciate eye candy, but work to include a serving of soul food in my offerings. Though the source of my creative impulse is often a profound sadness, I strive for a sort of alchemy that works to transform pain into beauty.
I use the languages of visual art and sound because I’m attracted to their poetic, therapeutic, and transformative potentials. I enjoy weaving in literal representations, but I'm equally interested in the ways that the pure physical energies of sound, color, and form communicate abstractly. I aim to create visual work which is felt foremost intuitively, in much the same way music is experienced. It’s precise because audio/visual languages operate more viscerally and strangely than words, that I continue to experiment with them. In my experience some combinations of ideas, colors, shapes, and sounds can achieve a resonance that promotes healing, heart softening, and rejuvenation, and that resonance is what I’m seeking to achieve. I am less interested in my audience having a comprehensive understanding of what they are looking at, than I am in making people feel that they are having a rich, substantive experience which shifts them in a positive way which they may carry into their next interactions with the world.
My frequent collaboration with others, appropriation, and reuse of material, is done as a celebration of the interconnected nature of being and as resistance to our self-obsessed, disposable culture. I see the harmonious composition of varied material as a metaphor for a more expansive harmony which is possible in our lives when healthy and mutually beneficial relationships are negotiated. My practice of collaboration seeks to pursue a less self-centric approach to art making – one which embraces sacrificing individual control and credit for the greater good of the projects and in service to the larger community.