Photograph by Aaron Johanson

New work unveiled at Northwestern University's Block Museum of Art

I’m in Evanston, IL, where on Thursday night at 6 p.m., we’ll unveil Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris, a piece commissioned by The Block Museum of Art for If You Remember, I’ll Remember, an exhibition curated by Janet Dees of works that explore “themes of love, mourning, war, relocation, internment, resistance, and civil rights in 19th and 20th century North America.” The show includes works by Kristine Aono, Shan Goshorn, Samantha Hill, McCallum & Tarry, and Dario Robleto. I am honored to have been included, and it’s always wonderful to work with Janet.

Companion Species was sewn in community at two sewing circles held at the Block in February of 2017. The turnout at these events was such—over 200 participants—that the final piece ended up significantly larger than planned. My thanks to all who helped: I hope to see all of you on Thursday.

Photograph by Aaron Johanson

VoCA Talks in Denver; Denver Art Museum acquires Butterfly

I’m in Denver this week: this evening, I’m talking with artist and oral historian James McElhinney as part of Voices in Contemporary Art’s VoCA Talks program.

The program is being held at the Denver Art Museum’s Sharp Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public; if you’re in the Denver area, come by and say hello.

I’m also delighted to announce that DAM has acquired Butterfly, one of the pieces we made for SITE Santa Fe’s Unsuspected Possibilities show last year. I love this piece and can’t think of a better home for it. Many thanks to DAM (especially Chief Curator and Curator of Native Arts Nancy Blomberg and Associate Curator John Lukavic) and to PDX Contemporary Art for making it happen.

Photograph by Aaron Johanson

Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati

We’re in Cincinnati this week, and tonight is the opening of Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered, a group show exploring the deconstruction and reconstruction of everyday textiles, curated by Kate Bonansinga, formerly of Portland and now director of the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati.

For the exhibit, the studio made Blanket Stories: Beacon, Marker, Ohi-yo, a blanket column inspired by the marker trees to be found in woodlands areas in the midwest. Anthropologists believe that these trees were “trained” by Indigenous peoples to provide navigation information along foot trails.

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Blanket Stories: Talking Stick, Works Progress, Steward at the High Desert Museum

We’re in Bend today for the opening of Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression a show curated by Faith Brower that explores the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

I’m honored to have been commissioned to make a piece for the show: Blanket Stories: Talking Stick, Works Progress, Steward consists of a stack of blankets contributed by the central Oregon community, and a wooden blanket totem, carved from a white pine beam salvaged from a previous incarnation of the sawmill on the High Desert Museum site.

Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression runs through October 2 and if you’re not from the area, the High Desert Museum is well worth the trip. We have catalogued the blanket contributions and stories here on the site: click here to have a look.