Death by 10,000 Paper Cuts uses recovered commercial fishing net, 10,000 zip ties and silk sari yarn to illuminate the impact of microaggressions.
The term, Death by a thousand cuts is derived from a form of Chinese torture known as lingchi, where a person is subjected to hundreds of small cuts until death occurs.
If you get one papercut, it is uncomfortable, but the wound eventually heals. Imagine getting multiple paper cuts on a daily basis.
Small cuts upon cuts upon cuts. This is what microaggressions feels like. You will not die from one paper cut, but the experience of multiple insults, both verbal, nonverbal, and/ visual underpins very real consequences for me… stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt and ultimately feelings of invisibility and powerlessness.
Exhibit Dates: April 23 – May 28, 2021
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 25, 2-4:30pm
Location: Studio Montclair Gallery; 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Learn how I developed my artistic self-expression as a means of art therapy. Get inspired to embrace your creativity and your art, in whatever form feels right to you while enjoy an intimate tour of my art studio and current works in progress. See you on Sunday, January 10, 2021, for a journey into personal creativity.
Please mark your calendar on Friday, January 15, 2021 for my curator talk about with Studio Montclair. I’ll be talking about the works selected for the show and how art can encourage dialog about implicit bias and stereotypes.
The Exhibit Dates are January 15 – February 19, 2021
I will share the link to the Zoom Registration link and virtual gallery link as soon as I get the links
2021 International Juried Exhibition
I have two works of the 51 pieces in the show, selected from more than 740 entries from 259 artists by juror Victor Davson.
The Exhibition Dates are January 15, 2021 – February 28, 2021
The exhibition opening reception will take place virtually via Zoom on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 6pm. Registration Link to follow
The Center for Contemporary Art is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road Bedminster, NJ.
Fiber Art Now’s Excellence In Fibers VI.
My work Caribbean Friendship Bracelet was selected for Fiber Art Now’s Excellence In Fibers VI.
View the virtual online exhibition on New Bedford Art Museum’s website HERE through March 2021. I am in the Sculptural artist group.
Pieces of Me
Featuring the Works of: Preksha Kapadia, Blond Jenny, and Theda Sandiford
Curated by Kristin J. DeAngelis
On view at The Majestic located at 222 Montgomery Street in Jersey City, New Jersey through end of February 2021.
Microaggressions are defined as subtle, intentional — and oftentimes unintentional — everyday interactions or behaviors that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial messages or assumptions toward historically marginalized groups.
“You are so articulate.” Presumes that black people are not usually capable of competent intellectual conversation. “Who are you? Do you live here?” Asking someone to identify themself in their own garage, home, or car and prove they ‘belong’ sends a message they are not welcome. “Can I touch your hair?” Or worse touching without even asking. Curiosity is ok but invading someone’s personal space is not. This can make someone feel like they are an animal on display.
The difference between microaggressions and overt discrimination, is that people who commit microaggressions are often unaware they are doing these things — and if you point it out to them, they say, “That wasn’t my intention, you are being too sensitive.” Which is yet another microaggression. The weight of these daily interactions underpins very real consequences in marginalized groups… stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and ultimately feelings of powerlessness and invisibility. We are looking for artwork that encourages dialog about implicit bias and stereotypes. Our hope is to make the invisible, visible as a path towards a more inclusive culture.
Exhibit Dates: January 15 – February 19, 2021
Entry Deadline: Monday, December 21, 2020 Notification Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020Opening Reception: TBD Delivery of Artwork by Hand: January 7 – 9, 2021 Delivery of Artwork by Shipping: Accepting work from January 5 – 9, 2021 Pickup of Unsold Artwork: February 20 -23, 2021
Please join me at for the ZOOM reception for ViewPoints 2020 on Friday, October 30 at 7:00pm ET,
The gallery is following strict COVID guidelines – masks are required and the number of people is limited. The gallery is open by appointment only until further notice.
There will be an online tour of the exhibit with audio from the artists for viewing alog with a Zoom Reception with juror, Virginia Fabbri Butera, PhD, who will talk about the exhibit and the work she chose. Awards will be presented.
The 30th anniversary Jersey City Art & Studio Tour features nearly 70 virtual events, held entirely on Zoom from Oct 1st – Oct 4th. Audiences will be able to take a look inside the studios and galleries of the diverse artists that call Jersey City home.
My segment is live on Zoom Saturday October 3rd at 5:10pm ET
It has taken me a moment to adjust to the new normal of being stuck in the apartment 24/7, worrying about my elderly parents, a non stop parade of 10-6p video ZOOM calls for work and figuring out how to get comfortable with not know when this will all end.
I thrive on making artwork in community and I can’t do that right now. Its been an adjustment being solo in the studio again. It is not the same for me
With all galleries and museums temporarily shuttered, several of my shows have either been postponed or are now virtual. And who knows when I will receive back art from arts institutions that are currently shutdown. My Now Friends Residency in Nairobi Kenya scheduled for July is now up in the air too. There is so much uncertainty right now.
Here is what I do know..
Annual Art Supply Swap Postponed
We shifted Sky Garden Gallery’s annual Spring Art Supply Swap to September 5, 2020. And will close Oshun after we shoot a virtual tour of the show this week. Thi
Wonder Women @ Bridge Art Gallery
Wonder Women was installed at Bridge Art Gallery days before NJ shut down all non-essential businesses. You can visit via the virtual tour below. Contact Bridge Art Gallery if you are interested in seeing any of these works in person, a private viewing may be possible.
Location: Studio Montclair; 127 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ
Repurposed: 4th Annual Juried Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: July 5- July 27, 2019
Location: Arthaus Projects; 140 W. 4th St. Williamsport, PA
“Repurposed” is a juried exhibition focused on the adaptive reuse of materials to create new art. Participating artists were asked to create an original piece of artwork that utilizes some sort of found object, or unusual recycled medium as the base for the piece. I used bottle caps.
Combined Talents 2019 Juried Competition
Exhibition Dates: August 19 – September 29, 2019
Location: Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts; 530 West Call Street, Tallahassee, FloridaÂ
There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 30th, from 6:00-8:00pm.
LOCATION: Drawing Rooms: Topps Building; 26 Newark Ave #T107, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
Artists were asked to create works that relate to new beginnings, new adventure, new body of work, outer space, atmosphere, place, transportation, land, nature, or utopia. Hundreds of works are on sale during the course of the show, 5/3/19 – 5/11/19, for $200 each.
I made a series of collages from my airplane ticket stubs and a lino print i carved in flight from LA to Newark.
LOCATION‘: Community Gallery at ValleyArts: 400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ
Mark your calendar for the Artist Talk and Closing Celebration on June 8, 3-5pm to see this piece and learn more about my Wonder Women series.
“Most performers take themselves too seriously. They forget there is a difference between the characters they play on the screen or stage and themselves, but the public doesn’t forget there is a difference. They see how silly it is if you try to be the same person all the time.”
Portraits and Narratives- Artist Talk
SAVE THE DATE: Friday May 10, 2019, 7:00-9:00pm
LOCATION: Akwaaba Gallery, 509 S Orange Ave, Newark, NJ
Come Meet and speak to me and artists Kortez and Jimmy James Greene about our work in the “Portraits and Narratives” Exhibition.
World Collage Day Pop Up Exhibition
Pop Up Collage Show : Saturday May 11, 2019, 1:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery: 315 3rd Street, Jersey City NJ
Celebrate World Collage Day with me, as we honor our local community of artists and the art of collage!
Get inspiration from our World Collage Day Pop Up Exhibition and then spend an afternoon making artwork with the participating artists. #worldcollageday
Participating Artists: Luis Alves Collage: Luis Alvesâ€™s photo collages utilizes appropriated imagery from magazines, to incite dialogue on the role the media plays in the shaping of our lives. Each collage is hand-manipulated with the goal of transformation as a way of commenting on, satirizing or criticizing the source material.
Theda Sandiford: Theda Sandiford: Using internal conflict and diverse recycled materials as a starting point she constructs a mixed media mask to protect herself from fear. What may start off as an ugly statement about herself, is in the end transformed into something beautiful. Theda photographs her process and then digitally manipulate these images to extend the narrative.
Leslie Sheryll: Leslie Sheryllâ€™s photo based collages start with appropriated 19th century tintypes which she scans and digitally manipulates. Sheryll then incorporate historical facts, imagery, personal experience and an infusion of fantasy to create a new narrative about women
BradTerhune: Brad Terhune is forever seeking out new materials to work with leads to changes in style and subject. Terhune looks to create a weird, surreal world, and have been influenced by early twentieth century art movements that embraced and explored collage, while continuing to explore this vibrant medium in the contemporary arena.
Letâ€™s show the world what it looks like when people come together as a community. #worldcollageday
Bring paper, magazines, found materials and your preferred substrate. I have paint, scissors and various glues… $5 suggested donation to cover material costs.
2019 Cathedral Arts Festival
CHAMPAGNE GALA: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:00pm.
LOCATION: Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie St, Jersey City NJ
Exhibition on view through June 7th,
I’m always down for a champagne gala. Join me. Tickets may be purchased for $50 by cash or check at drop-off or online at www.cathedralartslive.org.Tickets will cost $60 at the door.
I made these abstract figurative self portraits over the course of 5 weekends using the fine print from my MS infusion drug, Tysbari, paper scraps and mono-printed deli paper. Take a close look at the fine print to see the multitude of symptoms i’m dealing with this hidden illness. Each drawing is representative of a MS treatment, I get infusions every 6 weeks to suppress my immune system and slow the progression of the disease.