It was great to meet with Renee today, a long standing supporter and fan of Caution Collective’s work. Renee has known Christella – founder of Caution Collective – for about thirteen years and since then, she reckons she’s attended all but one of Caution’s performances.
In common with everyone else we’ve spoken to about Caution, Renee spoke about a sense of family and a feeling of being transported by the performances; each artist is allowed to shine without dimming others’ light.
Renee’s daughters – Leilani and Avaiyia – joined us. They, too, have attended lots of Caution gigs and have themselves performed with the Collective. We took the opportunity to ask them what they feel art can do. Artists and theorists could perhaps learn a lot from their responses. Leilani first:
It’s to make people happy…I also feel it’s a form of meditation in a way. It’s calming but it can be reckless. You can do so many things with art.
There’s calm art and there’s wild art…When you do art and it comes out the way you want it to you feel happy and it feels like something to be excited about. It helps you to breathe. It helps you think more. I just love art – it’s wild and amazing.