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Note:  This blog entry is dedicated to Keith Buchholz.  Without his invitation into this amazing group of creatives that is Fluxus, Sewing Forgiveness may never have been born.  With many thanks dear Keith.

Friday night September 5, will mark the next of many Social Practice performances titled Sewing Forgiveness.  Specifically, Sewing Forgiveness:  City of Chicago, will (and already has) entail a variety of sites and a variety of audiences, literally across the city of Chicago.

The piece was drawn from life; mine; fellow humans; as witness to the environment;  history;  @#$%&, even current events!  The struggle with forgiveness many of us have had, currently have, and inevitably will have again.  I consider the concepts and deep sentiment surrounding forgiveness, letting go, and moving on.    The utter bewilderment at the questions… If? How? When? Why? Who even!  Quite possibly, beginning with forgiving oneself.  If Nelson Mandela can forgive…

Sewing Forgiveness, a Social Practice work, unfolded firstly for the Fluxus Fest of 2013.  It was performed with a fellow human also struggling with forgiveness.  Together the conversation began.  I didn’t know that I would be performing the work outside of a couple of times throughout that four day festival of lovely absurdity.  Fluxus is like that.  Sometimes the works tickles your funny bone but more often the artist’s works enter your bones through your heart.  Fluxus makes us pay attention.

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Fluxus Fest 2013 Dorcester Projects

Fluxus Fest 2013
Dorcester Projects

I will aim to work backwards a bit, starting with this week to announce a performance of

Sewing Forgiveness:  City of Chicago at Wicker Park Lutheran Church  1500 N. Hoyne in conjunction with First Fridays of Wicker Park.  This announcement from our website:

“Arts Sanctuary (Friday, September 5th) – 7-10 p.m.

WPLC will be hosting a First Fridays series entitled “Arts Sanctuary” – a respite for the arts. September’s event is “Mercy, Unity, Restoration,” and features the social practice piece called “Sewing Forgiveness,” including art of various mediums, live jazz, and local beer. The event is free with donation proceeds funding Youth Futures, a local nonprofit cultivating restorative justice programs with young adults in Chicago.”

I would be honored to have you attend my church and our inaugural Arts Sanctuary event this Friday.  If you are unable, send some good energy our way and watch for further posts as they will relate directly with

Chicago Artists Month – Crossing Borders and this work

Sewing Forgiveness:  City of Chicago.

Thanks for reading and thanks for paying attention.

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Hi All.

I wanted to share with you an upcoming talk at Women Made Gallery in April.  Please consider coming by.  I will be talking of my work.  Things that are inspiring and we will be making seed bombs.  Would love to see your smile out there.

Invitation to upcoming talk at Women Made Gallery in conjunction with their 14th International Open

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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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