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Tonight.  Tomorrow.  Ongoing.  Forthcoming.

Tonight

…in light of recent events, consider joining hundreds of Nasty Women and other rabble-rousers, for the first ever Chicago version of Nasty Women.  Susan McBride, of Lillstreet Studios is the force behind this amazing event taking place this evening.  All works sold will benefit Planned Parenthood. I am thrilled to donate “Nasty with Brass Ovaries” to the event. Porcelain, stoneware, silk organza and brass marbles 8”X8”

Nasty with Brass Ovaries Porcelain, stoneware, silk organza, brass marbles 8X8″

Tomorrow

Celebrate #World Labyrinth Day with a Labyrinth Workshop at UNUM Gallery 1-3 pm at 3039 W. Carroll St.  Chicago, IL

Join me and others while we make a table/lap top labyrinth to enjoy for years to come, in conjunction with Mistakes were Made, a two person exhibition with Nathan Mason at UNUM Gallery (studio and gallery of Barbara Koenen). Text/call if you are coming to make a labyrinth or just come on by and see the show. I will be there most of the afternoon.

With Narrow Feet – extruded lengths of terra cotta brick clay. Outdoor hardy.

Ukranian Institute of Modern Art

Finger labyrinth, cast iron, soil, handbuilt ceramic, and micro-greens

(large labyrinth) – Time cards from the Woolen Mill, Reedsburg, WI, industrial sewing machine, bamboo, crazy quilt remnant

Labor + Time (detail) – Time cards from the Woolen Mill, Reedsburg, WI, industrial sewing machine, bamboo, crazy quilt remnant

Ongoing

Everything has come to this Moment – Reprise at Waubonsee Community College – Dickson Window Project  Date:  Present through June 17, 2017   Viewable 24/7 through the Dickson Windows!

Everything has come to this Moment – A Reprise. Handbuilt porcelain, stoneware, ochre, and terra cotta, found objects, urban detritus from growing projects, fabric, salvaged fabric, discarded numbers from irrigation rows, cafeteria food trays, discarded plow blades, salt, dried clay.

 

Forthcoming

Corn Again? Maiz Nuevo?

Curating and participating in this show with three other amazing creatives!  Margaret Berry of Lincoln, NE, Hector Duarte and Piloto Nieves of Chicago.  All corn all the time!  An exhibit.  A shared, Corn centric meal, and so much more.  August 18 and 19th, 2017 Woolen Mill Gallery in Reedsburg, WI, under the venerable umbrella Wormfarm Institute.

 

This life is rich with good people.  I encourage us all to move towards the light.  Thanks for visiting!

Always, Cathi

 

 

 

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Finally, I get to share more about The Cornettes – Advocates for Urban Agriculture thanks to a Midwestern panic (and now a two foot reality!) about snow.  Here is our back yard and front yard this afternoon.  Bring it on!

WGN Around Town with Ana Belaval and The Cornettes - (L-R) Lin Shook Schalek (founder, choreographer, dancer of Perception Motion, Inc), me, and Stephanie Samuels (artist and proprietor of Angel Food Bakery). Those two dear friends met me at the studio at 6:00 am!

Firstly, I am going to finally give credit to Phyllis Gilmore for naming The Cornettes.  Phyllis is an Activity Director I have been working with for nearly a decade in the recreation therapy/consulting part of my life.  She is a creative at heart and when we were talking about naming “my girls” she exclaimed “How about The Cornettes?!?!?!”  … and so they were named.  Fast forward a few weeks later and there was Phyllis listening/watching Around Town with Ana Belaval of WGN and they announced “Up next, The Cornettes!”  She spun around in her chair to see none other than The Cornettes on am Chicago TV!  Thanks so much Phyllis!

The three Cornette costumes (following Summer Sweet-the first Cornette before The Cornettes were The Cornettes) were commissioned by the Chicago Office of Tourism City of Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs.  (The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs has been an amazing support to many local visual and performing artists.)  Check out their Chicago Artist Resource site.

Several events later including The Great Performers of Illinois at Millenium Park, Herb Nadelhoffer’s 80th birthday, The County Fair at Garfield Park Conservatory, Art meets Ag show at UW Platteville’s Nohr Gallery with this delightful blog post, The Corn Ball (part of the Legacy Project and The Fields Project, in Ogle County, IL, Slow Food Eat In for healthy school lunches in Daley Plaza (somehow Peemoeller must have missed us), Corn Celebrations at Lillstreet Art Center, Hand Harvested at Tojo Gallery, and many Cornette costume wearers that include but are not limited to the following women:

Annie Abdelnour, Jorkill Almanzar, Zoe Anderson, Sarah Aubry, Helene Alter Deich, Jennifer Dotson, Nicole Gotthelf, Vickie Hayes, Nancy Little, Colleen Lovinello, Amber Mathews, Susan Melcher and mother Sue Melcher, Donna Neuwirth, Lindsay Obermeyer, Corinne D. Peterson, Galadriel Rosen, Ariel Rubin, Stephanie Samuels, Lin Shook Schalek, Mary Lou Wehrli, Sojourner Wright, Jiyeon Yim, and Mary Zehnder.  Thanks everyone!  You have worn the costume well.

Commonly asked questions of The Cornettes – Advocates for Urban Agriculture

“Why do only women get to wear the costume?”

Some may know that the kernel is the female part of the plant.  Here is a clear explanation of the botany of the lovely an ancient Zea Mays.  That is why we introduced Paul E. Nator (worn by Bart Conklin, summer intern from UW Platteville in 2010) in 2010.  We will see how the tassel fits in while juggling wooden corn cobs in future appearances.

“What do they do?”

First, they look lovely don’t they?  In this world of “entertain me” though that clearly has not been enough!  They tell corny jokes, corn facts, talk about urban agriculture and growing their own food (especially keeping urban chickens – yes it is legal!), and plenty of photo opportunities.  In 2010 we debuted their song Let us Grow Some Sweetcorn, sung to the tune of Let me Call you Sweetheart along with Paul E. Nator the corn juggler.  The conversations with people from around the world and in Chicago high rises have been wonderful.  See one here.

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“How do you get to be a Cornette?”

Talk to me.  If you enjoy being with people, love to be a ham, and have a passion for growing your own food and educating others about food systems, you are most of the way there!  I am always looking for new talent!  Honestly, some of the events are paid and I share the income and some of the events are “guerilla” ie. unpaid but very necessary to call attention to our food and growing needs and issues thereof.

How could I book The Cornettes for my event?

Write to me via this blog by commenting.  Let’s talk about your needs, your event, and how The Cornettes – Advocates for Urban Agriculture can add some fun while learning about growing one’s own food.

I hope you have enjoyed some of the wonderful images over the last couple of years and look forward to Dakota Black Popcorn, the final Cornette addition in 2011!  She is going to be beautiful!!!

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“Corn Girls” Bettmann Archive 1915, University of Illinois Mayfest courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives

I wanted to write about The Cornettes:  Advocates for Urban Agriculture in the middle of winter for many reasons.

They are a work in progress.

They have taken on a life of their own.

They couldn’t happen without an ongoing relationship with some amazing women.

I have some thoughts of where they need to go given the recent climate of Urban Agriculture but I thought I would write about where they have been.

The Cornettes started several years ago in my mind.  I appreciated a picture on the back book sleeve (above) of The Story of Corn by Betty Fussell.  A friend, Nancy Little, found the book for me on a sale table at Border’s.  She gave it to me in the midst of a dinner with friends.  I immediately was taken and mesmerized by the images and text throughout the book and of course, the back cover.  Since reading the book cover to cover, at the gentle urging of Bill Friedman – my corn husband, it has affirmed and fueled my work in many ways.

As Fussell writes, “Corn made the whole world kin.”

Fast forward to about four or five winters ago, I shared the image with my mother not knowing where it may lead.

I bought a fresh cob of corn for inspiration on the summer day we embarked on the project after fabric shopping and sewing some kernels together.

Here is mom studying the cob…

Mom studying the fresh sweet corn

We had Summer Sweet completed for our Corn Celebration at Lillstreet Art Center in 2006.  Many thanks to Jennifer Dotson and Mary Zehnder, the first women to don the husks of Summer Sweet to an adoring audience.

Well, I started off this blog entry to talk about and share images of The Cornettes.  But, back in 2006 “The Cornettes” didn’t even exist.  Just Summer Sweet materialized with dreams of more down the corn row.  How did they get their name?  What are their names?  What is next for The Cornettes?  Stay tuned and keep your ears to the tilth!

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Women in Grains, an exhibit of women responding to grains from coast to coast, is all packed up.  A bittersweet day with a lot of help from husband Paul.

We drove through Madison, WI, saw family and did up the acclaimed Farmer’s Market.  We then headed towards Reedsburg and The Woolen Mill Gallery for the show’s last hours of its last day.  We will be heading north eventually to the Twin Cities via Decorah, IA and the Seed Savers Exchange.

I would like to share my words written for the exhibition as it lays some groundwork for works and artists chosen.

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Women in Grains Curatorial Statement

As with anything of depth, Women in Grains has unfolded over time. Working with the theme of agriculture and corn specifically for over a decade, I have been attracted to artists of similar sensibilities. Since the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars I have witnessed and participated in a “back to the hand” movement of making.  I truly believe that the zeitgeist of war times causes people to use their hands more… a sort of collective hand wringing of sorts.

With the “back to the hand” movement also came the classic “back to the land” movement.  We humans, in this industrialized society,  long for connections to the land.  Some of that longing is exhibited with the explosion of growing our own food, community gardens, backyard poultry in urban areas, and a willingness to create connections to those who grow our food.  We are in need and dare I say thirst to be grounded in this crazy world.

In as much as artists mirror society, and at times lead society, and consider the making of art defined with a wider brush beyond the making of objects, many artists in Women in Grains have sought those deeper connections through the lens of the grain.  I recognized something big is happening at my pivotal discussions with Sarah Kavage of Seattle.  Her “Industrial Wheat Project” along with Ann Belden’s “Bushel” piece in Oregon, Il in 2008 sealed the concept for this show. When I approached Donna Nuewirth of Wormfarm Institute and Woolen Mill Gallery last summer during my Food Feed Fuel solo exhibition I was thrilled to have received a call over winter asking if I was still interested.

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you 16 artists reflecting a connection based on grains, from coast to coast.  We have an artist from Maine who is also a farmer, Abby Sadauckas.  A shared connection with performance artist Sarah Aubry and her alter ego and burlesque character “Maizy” who strips to call attention to genetically modified grains.  Now Sarah, as a mother, is looking towards sustaining her family in ways connecting to solar energy and baking.   We have several artists with deep agrarian roots one of whom has incorporated family ledgers and equipment from her childhood farm in Minnesota, Corinne Peterson.  Several artists included in the show I have met on my annual residency in Oregon, IL called The Fields Project including Ann Belden, Carole Hennessy, and Astra Price.  Several others are in my immediate surroundings here in Chicago whether I share studio space at Lillstreet Art Center with them, Jiyeon Yim, Abi Gonzales, Lisa Harris, Corrine Peterson, or share a wider Chicago area space with them such as Gina Hutchings,  Stephanie Samuels, Marj Woodruff, or Barbara Koenen.

This is a formidable group of artists, agitators, and connectors with a shared passion of grains, the Midwest landscape, and food systems.

Please put your grain lenses on to embrace corn, wheat, rice and life.

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Corrine Peterson

In alphabetical order below you will find works or links to websites of the participating artists.  Before I share works, I would like to thank a bunch of amazing people.  Firstly to Donna Neuwirth and Jay Salinas for lending the space at Woolen Mill Gallery.  Thanks for the faith.  Thanks to Katie Schofield artist liaison for Wormfarm for your assistance with a 1,000 things.   Thanks to all of the individuals that took works from here to there and sometimes back including beautiful, freshly milled flour in 50 lb bags for Sarah Kavage’s piece.   Thanks for sharing relics or “curiosities” from the Brinkmeier farm.  Thanks to husband Paul for the wonderful beer to celebrate Women in Grains.

Thanks finally to an amazing group of talented artists that made this show something special in content, thought, and execution.  The lasting relationships formed have been a joy to watch unfold.

Sarah Aubry Ann Belden Abi Gonzales

Lisa Harris Carole Hennessy Gina Hutchings

Sarah Kavage Barbara Koenen

Anne Lueck Feldhaus Corinne Peterson Astra Price Abby Sadaukas

Stephanie Samuels Catherine Schwalbe-Bouzide Marjorie Woodruff Jiyeon Yim

Sarah Aubry

Ann Belden

Ann Belden


Abi Gonzales

Agri Puzzle

Carole Hennessy

Gina Hutchings

Sarah Kavage Industrial Harvest

Barbara Koenen (detail)

Barbara Koenen

Anne Lueck Feldhaus

Lisa Harris

Corinne Peterson

Corinne Peterson Demeter's Winter

Astra Price

Abby Sadauckas

Abby Sadauckas Elllen

Stephanie Samuels

Stephanie Samuels

C. Schwalbe Bouzide (detail)

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Take me Back: An Exploration of Water, local Clay, and Time

During the Artposium Wade in the Water, I planted corn in the center of the piece with Corn Sister Carol Ozaki (pictured third from left).  Pictured too are Carol's husband Ron and Ed Berg.

Corn Sweet (se) Luscious Zea mays var rugosa

During the Artposium Wade in the Water, I planted corn in the center of the piece with Corn Sister Carol Ozaki (pictured third from left below).  Pictured too are Carol’s husband Ron-L and Ed Berg-second from R.
We planted Corn Sweet (se) Luscious Zea mays var rugosa.
“Luscious is a bicolor corn that matures in 75 days – an advantage in areas with a shorter growing season.  Flavorful 8″ ears with 16-18 rows of very tender kernels.  Great fresh but can also be canned or frozen.”
Botanical Interests, Inc.  660 Compton St. Broomfield, CO  80020.
Visitors to the piece during the Artposium

Included are images from John and Ann Graham dated May 28, 2010.  I will say little but include those taken in the last 48 hours by my Art Buddies Ed and Paul Berg.  Wade in the Water indeed.

Images from May 28th. No corn sprouts yet.

Wonderful image from John and Ann Graham

Paula and Ed biked over to the piece.

Take Me Back... getting taken back.

The Arkansas and spring snow melt.

Special thanks to Ed and Paul Berg and John and Ann Graham for sending updated images.

We will see about images and status over the next week or so.

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