Dear Friends and Patrons,
How does one respond to the rise in hate crimes and the decline in regard for our environment?
I won't beat around the bush, it's been a pretty hard couple of months. As a naturalized citizen (an immigrant), a woman, a person of color, I believe this new administration values me less as a full and equal person, and has made the country a less safe place for people like me. Maybe you agree with me, maybe you don't, but I will take a stand.
Prayer Flags Project
I initiated a collaborative project with 53 participants and produced 60 sets of prayer flags that proclaim “love trumps hate.” Prayer flags are a New Year's tradition in the Himalayan regions. The idea is that you write your hopes and aspirations for the new year on these flags which are hung outdoors and as they disintegrate, your wishes are dispersed into the universe. You can read about the tradition here on the wiki page, and read about my project here on the Huffington Post.
I carried a portion of my prayer flags during the Women's March with the help of a friend I met just that day, a science writer for IEEE, appropriately enough. And now the flags are back home and hung around the house as a constant reminder to keep my mind and heart on the right course.
Several sets have gone into university collections and one into a very well known private collection. A few have been sold to raise more than $1500 for various civil liberty and women's health organizations.
Above: I delivered my piece A Kitchen Sink of Maladies to Waterstone Gallery for the exhibit in February, 2017. I worked on this on and off starting from about 2014, mostly as an experimental project. I didn't really get into until the weeks leading up to the election, and finished it the week after the election.
Looking Forward, Giving Back
January 31 - February 26, 2017
Waterstone Gallery is celebrating our 25th anniversary with this exhibition of 5 selected emerging artists and gallery artists. There is a Patron Party on Preview Night, and there's also a 1st Thursday reception.
Preview Night/Patron Party
As a show of appreciation for your support over the years, wear something silver and receive a 10% discount during the Patron Party on February 1; discount applies to any gallery artist's work, but excludes the work of the five invited emerging artists.
I will also be at the gallery on February 15, Wednesday, 11-5:30. I hope you will join me at one of these times.