The opening of Irreproachable, my first solo exhibition, was presented at the Hopkins Center for the Arts Redepenning Gallery, November 1 - December 2, 2018.
Like many women at this time in our country, I have a story to tell and I am doing so through my art.
The work for this exhibition investigates my memories and emotions of the sexual abuse I experienced by a high school teacher when I was fifteen. Of course this exhibition has relevance to me and my experience. The deeper I delve into the memories, the more empowered I am to share them with others, especially in light of what we are currently facing as a nation and the charged history of the idea of power and control over women. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to present my story through this body of work and hopefully lend others the courage to tell their stories as well.
By creating installations, sculpture and paintings on the theme of my innocence and abuse, I have discovered the art making process has helped me to heal wounds I couldn’t reach through talk therapy and has encouraged others to share their stories with me. Because the intimate conversations I had with people prompted by the work at Art-A-Whirl, 2017 and the healing I have experienced through making it, I have established two sessions of stitching and needle felting with me in the gallery just for you, sharing the meditative benefits of fiber arts with others in this intimate setting. Seating is limited. Please sign up here.
On Thursday, November 29, 5:30-8pm I will be joined by experts knowledgeable on the subject of abuse for a panel discussion moderated by arts advocate Bethany Whitehead. Together we will explore the issues of childhood abuse, avenues for healing and using art as a dialogue for this important and all too common experience. There will be time for questions and conversation at the end.
Last spring I was fortunate to receive an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant has helped me realize the new work created for this exhibition. It has also supplied funding for me to work with a group of young people at YouthLink which provides housing and services for homeless youth in the Twin Cities. I am thrilled to be sharing my passion for fiber arts with them.
Some dates to remember are:
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1 6-8 pm
Hopkins Center for the Arts
Meditative Stitching In the Gallery: Reservations required; sign up here. Instructions and materials provided or you are welcome to bring your own project.
Wednesday, November 7, 6-8 pm and Wednesday, November 14, 1-3 pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 29, 5:30-8 pm with time for questions and conversation. Held in the Community Room at the Arts Center
All events are in the Redepenning Gallery unless otherwise noted.
1111 Main Street
Hopkins, MN 55343
Gallery hours: M-F 8am-8pm; Sat. 10am-8pm; Sun. 12pm-5pm