The Gallery at Hillside Square and the Hillside Square Sculpture Garden is open this fall with a dual show featuring two and three-dimensional works from Peter Allen, Kate Dodd, Jerry Gant, Wendy Letven, myself, and Charlie Spademan.
Please come see my my woven textile work Inside and my emotional baggage cart in the sculpture garden outside. I will be at the Opening Reception, Saturday, October 8, 5:30-7:30pm. Hope to see you there.
Exhibition Dates: October 8- December 16
Location: The Gallery at Hillside Square, 8 Hillside Avenue, Montclair NJ
The Gallery at Hillside Square is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
“Free Your Mind” is a cascade of story ribbons tied to fishing nets draped upon the wall like a blanket. Visitors are invited to share written statements about experienced microaggression on a “story” ribbon which I will weave into the “Free Your Mind” blanket. Infusing the essence and yarn of each participant into the social fabric of a protective blanket.
Free Your Mind Public Art Installation
Exhibition Dates: May 7, – August 27, 2022. On view for the public Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00PM.
Location: ArtCrawl Harlem @ Governors Island, 406b Colonels Row
Theda In Residence: June 11, June 25, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 20 from 11a – 2pm.
My “Emotional Baggage Carts” serve as vessels to dispose of racial trauma. – to separate myself from these experiences – to grant access to grace. – to create new possibilities, free from the constraints of the past.
The installation also provides an opportunity for anyone to let go of these experiences from their own personal narrative.
I guess this work can be triggering too.
Someone, trashed my installation of “Dorchester Road Rage: Baggage Cart” in Springfield Mo. Triggering for me, once again, an old college memory and the adrenalin rush I felt, being chased by a mob of white teens while riding my bike.
Thankfully Sculpture Walk Springfield fixed the cart.
People suck sometimes. Maybe, I shouldn’t let people touch my sculptures.
I started calling this cart Wide Load before I was even conscious of how much of my emotional baggage is tied to the food I eat. Don’t even think of visiting my Mom without her feeding you and taking a plate home. I can still smell , vivid memories of Father punishing me for not finishing my dinner plate and reminding of the starving children in Africa at the same time. A double whammy of eat your food and feel guilty about eating your food. I could go on and on…