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  • A few updates

    A few updates

    i. I'm in the process of opening a bookstore in The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room called The Word in the Willow. I've written a bit about it on my blog and the JC Press has written about it here

    ii. Karlota Contreras-Koterbay and Lyn Govette are curating an upcoming group exhibition entitled Threads of Empowerment at Tipton Gallery from September 22 to October 22, 2015.  

    The Threads of Empowerment exhibition features works of artists whose advocacy are conveyed through fiber art. Speaking through the media of cloth, needle and threads, the artists express their struggles and narratives related to gender, disability, identity, race and the need for empowerment and acceptance of what is different. Threads of Empowerment intends to visually convey universal concerns for a better, more tolerant and accepting community.  Each artist uses the medium of fiber to explore racism, heterosexism, gender inequality, ageism and ableism. The issues that are addressed in the exhibition are varied and diverse, with no illusion to encompass nor present a final resolution, but rather weave the various conversations into a communal tapestry.

    The reception and gallery talk during First Friday on October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    iii. PROJEXx Studio & Gallery is hosting a group exhibition sometime next week. All I know is that I'm supposed to bring work over on Saturday, Oct 26th. I'll update this when I know more. My suggestion is to pay attention to FB for more information since Nikki will probably make an event page. It's going to be their last event for a while so you should definitely try to make it out there. EDIT: I may not be in this show anymore because I have a prior committment. Still. You should go. 

    iv. I'm doing another talk at ETSU, this time for the Women on Wednesdays series hosted by the Women's Studies program. The theme, broadly speaking, is how I have tried to understand the obtainment of power in my art and how that conflicts with actual empowerment. (But don't hold me to that.) The talk will take place on September 30th at noon, location TBA. 

    v. From September 25th through October 2nd, 2015Slocumb Galleries will be hosting their annual Homecoming Art & Craft Fundraiser. "The fundraiser is a great way for student art clubs and local artists to feature and sell their work on campus. Members of the community, as well as other students, will have the opportunity to view and purchase the artwork." Cat Party will have a table set up with The Secret Bangs zine, Cat Friendly CP Coloring Book Vol. 1, some artwork, and other little things. Proceeds from the sale benefit the gallery as well as future Cat Party projects. 

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  • Abortion + Pro-Voice

    Abortion + Pro-Voice

    After finishing my art installation in the show, I decided to share some details about an event that has deeply impacted my life and my work because a.) I don't want to hide it or lie about it and b.) I think there should be people out in the world humanizing the abortion experience, and the only people that can really do that are people like me, people who have gone through it. I can't expect someone else to do what I am not willing to do. 

    So, here is a direct and short version of that story. 

    When I shared the link on Facebook, people messaged me privately with their experiences and also shared links to other women who are attempting to speak on this difficult subject. Their response reminded me of a post I saw on Amanda Palmer's blog about Nicole Stewart, who shared five things that surprised her about her abortion. From there I found Exhale Pro-Voice

    It has been really moving to follow where each shared piece of information leads. 

    Recently I started reading "The Subversive Stitch" by Rozsika Parker and within the introduction Parker included part of an interview Louise Bourgeois did in 1988 with Donaly Kuspit. Bourgeois said, "My feminism expresses itself in an intense interest in what women do." 

    I'm not a very politically oriented person. Politics are an extension of the personal, yes, but I cannot bring myself to feel moved by politics. I am moved by stories and people. 

    If nothing else comes from my bluntness, I'm thankful for this moment and the places it brings me. 

  • The Secret Bangs... installed!

    The Secret Bangs... installed!

    The Secret Bangs is installed and receiving visitors. There have been some technical bumps along the way -- like a light going out in the gallery that couldn't be quickly replaced and the fact that apparently all of the photos I took of the space are not good quality (as evident above) -- but it has been a really good experience overall and I have learned a lot from organizing and participating in a group exhibition. Two different hats, that's for sure. One might not even be a hat. 

    Special thanks to Justin Mitchell and Robert Santos-Prowse for their help installing the exhibition, which included both hanging and acquiring much needed food and beer for all thirteen of us. Thank you.