2016 TEDxHonolulu Artist In Residence

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Ruby Menon, Curator of the 2016 TEDxHonolulu Artist In Residence program welcomes Solomon Enos…

ENOSheadshotTEDxHonolulu is excited to announce that Solomon Enos, a Native Hawaiian and well known artist in our community, will be our Artist in Residence (AIR) for the 2016 TEDxHonolulu event. This will be the second year for the TEDxHonolulu AIR project which invites a local artist to create an installation art piece and present a TED talk that reflects their work and selected theme for the event. This year’s theme will be on the concept of FLOW. Best selling author and social theorist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defines FLOW as “the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”

Enos is no stranger to the FLOW experience and is excited to work on a piece that will contribute to audience awareness and experience through his art. He is well known for using his art as a platform to begin a conversation about a new Hawaii, one that’s imbued in historical and cultural narrative and one that values nature, not destroys it. He’s already doing that with his murals, paintings and illustrations in books, schools and communities. “I want to create Hawaii art for Hawaii people. Communities need art. We have something unique and so special. We just have to cook it, put it in the right form for people to digest it. Stories can be that thing.”

I feel very honored to be supporting Solomon as this year’s AIR curator and excited to see his vision for the event’s FLOW theme. Knowing what a brilliant artist he is, I know that it will be nothing less than spectacular!

Looking forward to seeing you at the event this year!

Aloha, Ruby

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Learn more about Solomon Enos:

Visit Solomon’s website | Learn about his diorama at Honolulu Museum of Art School | and his mural in Kakaako; part of the Pow!Wow! festival | Listen to an interview with Solomon on PBS Hawaii.