The Willows Way by Beth Carson
My name is Beth Carson. I have taught elementary music for over 30 years. I have worked with over 4,000 unique students: each with their own set of strengths and ways of interacting. Among this diverse population have been students with Autism. Music provides a beautiful connection between the students and me. I also create visual art. Through my visual art I hope to invite all to participate in the creative process, to interact and engage with art. Because of my background as a musician I understand art as something that takes place through time. Kinetic art does the same. It is interactive, the viewer is sharing moments of time with the art, enjoying how the piece moves and changes. The viewer engages the piece by gently touching, moving past or simply breathing to activate the movement of a mobile. This creates a connection between you, the mobile and me. This mobile was inspired by the following: https://www.thewillowsway.com/the-meaning-of-the-willow-tree "One of the most valuable traits of the willow tree is its flexibility, being capable of bending into outrageous poses without breaking. The willow tells us to adjust alongside life rather than fight it. The willow reminds us to let go of the noise and chaos, surrender to the process, and gain a deeper understanding of our subconscious. Another powerful metaphor is the willow tree’s ability to not only survive but also thrive under some of the most challenging conditions. The Willows Way, like the willow tree, helps increase your abilities to be more flexible and resilient to life’s challenges."