How to Make a Feminist Reading Group for Two

Page submitted to a feminist discussion group in Providence RI, for a Zine they are creating (2014). Do try this at home (and please send email if you would like a PDF copy to print).

Que Serra

Each year the Mattress Factory museum in Pittsburgh throws a themed Urban Garden Party as one of its major fundraising efforts, and invited artists are given objects to transform into works of art for a silent auction. In 2014, horseshoes were distributed for a Wild West theme. Using shape as a cue, my contribution was Que Serra, a small sculpture commemorating the placement of Richard Serra's Tilted Arc on Javits Plaza in New York City. The massive site-specific sculpture was controversially removed in 1989 following a lawsuit, and placed in storage.

[learn more about the removal of Tilted Arc]

Surrealism and War

I contributed to a Exquisite Corpse drawing for the Surrealism and War exhibit at the National Veteran's Art Museum in Chicago (5/26–11/1/14). The show primarily featured work by veterans, curated by Aaron Hughes. Jeanne Dunning co-curated "The Exquisite Corpses of The Unknown Veteran." Ryan Griffis was asked to start one of these drawings, and invited me to complete the middle section and pass it to a third artist. I asked Christiane Leach to complete the final panel and mail it back to the museum. Two of the panels are about John Horse and the third is about an ancestor veteran. We each completed our section of the drawing with the other parts hidden...only a hint at the theme, orientation and small lines indicating body placement were shown.

2014 Artist of the Year

America's Least Livable City

I'm pleased to announced that through a nomination and jury process I've been selected as Pittsburgh Artist of the Year 2014 by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. This is a huge honor, and a unique opportunity to show new work. A solo show, America's Least Livable City, and other works, will open in Pittsburgh May 9, 2014.

About the show: In 1985 when Rand McNally first singled out Pittsburgh as “America's Most Livable City,” the artist's hometown of Yuba City, California was ranked dead last. The townspeople were indignant, but responded with humor and imagination. America's Least Livable City is a multimedia installation that explores the struggles of everyday life and the community cohesion that still occurs when the outside world disregards you. I will also show archival material from my work with the subRosa art collective, and a miscellany of new works.

Gender, Art and Technology 2.0: CAA Chicago 2014

Hyla Willis and Faith Wilding will present "subRosa Dissects: Your Body in the Global Biotech Market" at the 2014 College Art Association gathering in Chicago. We are part of the Momentum: Gender, Art and Technology 2.0 session, chaired by Judith Brodsky. 2/12/2014, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM.

The Body Politic of subRosa

Furtherfields' Rachel Falconer writes about the cyberfeminist art collective subRosa, a group using science, technology, and social activism to explore and critique the political traction of information and bio technologies on women’s bodies, lives and work. [article here]

What's Next?

I am currently developing a new installation that will use my home town (twice voted America's Least Livable City) as a semi-autobiographical entry point to explore selective histories of life and death in the Central Valley of California. Look for a Pittsburgh premiere in spring of 2014.