I did an interview a couple months back for the Light Gallery podcast, Light Conversations. It is live now and sounds great! I talk with local art journalist Holly Bechiri about learning how to sew, wanting to make pretty things ugly, and several of my past and present projects:
>> Give it a listen here <<
Project 1 is the new city-wide biannual art exhibition organized by ArtPrize. Five artists have made large scale site specific works in three Grand Rapids neighborhoods. I am the commissioned artist for the student collaboration piece, and have designed a monumental sculpture titled Flexible Fence.
I will be on site installing the first phase of the structure during the festivities of the opening day September 7th.
The final installation will be complete with student artwork on September 21st, and the entire exhibition is outdoor and free to the public through October 27th.
My work, UNARMED, is included in the 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art. The show features artists from across the state and runs September 5th through November 13, 2019.
Opening Event, free and open to the public: 5:30 - 8:00pm Thursday, September 5
5:30pm Reception / 6:30pm Awards Program / 7:00pm Meet the Artists
I am an artist-in-residence at the Wassaic Project for the month of May.
While I am in residence I hope to make new sculptures and collages, connect with the other resident artists and visiting curators, and run around in the woods in the glory of springtime. I will be spending a weekend in New York City as well, to attend the 10th annual Open Engagement conference, focusing on social practice and sustainability.
Two events are open to the public at the Wassaic Project:
MAY 12: Community Day & Summer Exhibition Opening, complete with a giant town-wide parade, bouncy castle, 7-story art show, and special chicken dinner!
MAY 26: Open Studios, where you can meet all of the awesome resident artists and tour the studios!
My solo exhibition, CONFRONT, was on view for the month of March at Holyoke Community College, and I had a great time being there to install the work and give a gallery talk for students and visitors. I have set up a virtual gallery of the show on Flickr for those who missed it in person: you can see the full layout and details here.
Face, 2018, fabric, wheat paste, paper
CONFRONT is an exhibition about facing the things that control, manipulate, embolden, debilitate, arouse, and categorize us all. Eliza Fernand's large-scale fabric installations act as pedagogical tools and aim to spur conversation about history, gender, disparity, consent, and our present-moment struggles. After studying sculpture, video, and performance in Portland, OR, Fernand has led a cross-country career; attending over a dozen artist residencies and directing her own traveling field study of American quilt-making traditions.
Feb. 28 - March 29, 2018
Opening Reception & Gallery Talk Wed. Feb. 28, 11am - 1pm talk begins at noon
Taber Art Gallery
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
The Taber Art Gallery is open to the public and is conveniently located through the HCC Campus Library lobby in the Donahue Bldg. Please call for our most current gallery hours during regular school sessions: 413-552-2614
I am collecting squares for a collaborative patchwork to be exhibited in March 2018 and beyond.
Anyone and everyone are invited to follow the NO Patchwork pattern I designed, to make their own piece to be included with others in a large patchwork wall hanging. Some basic sewing skills are necessary, but easy to learn!
I am interested in what people are saying NO to, and I want to bring many voices together in one space. The piece will first be exhibited during my solo exhibition at the Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College in Western Massachusetts in March 2018, and at later public events and exhibitions. Participants will send me their patchwork and brief words on their experience of NO, and I will build a large patchwork out of the pieces, as well as make a multimedia piece from the statements. The piece will be shown with my large NO: You Do Not Have My Consent patchwork, my EQUITY NOT EQUALITY banners, and other new work that is about confrontation.
The NO patchwork originated from the empowering act of saying NO; it's relationship to sexual consent and political strong-arming; and the socialization that tells many women that they should always be agreeable and accommodating. I am interested in hearing from all genders and perspectives on what you need to say NO to.
+ Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line reading "NO Patchwork"
+ I will write you back ASAP with a PDF of instructions on how to make the patchwork and where to send it
+Send your finished patchwork in the mail and email me to let me know it is on the way- include a statement of what you say NO to or your experience of saying NO
+All works must arrive to me by FEBRUARY 15th
+The work will be exhibited during the month of March in Holyoke Mass, with all participants credited, and I will keep you updated on future exhibitions and events where it will be shown
+I will send you complete documentation of the installation for your use
Resilience in Flux
In a time where adverse ideologies, politics, and ecologies are bombarding us at a steadily increasing rate, we are forced to reconsider our strategies for survival. What, therefore, does it mean to be resilient in a time of great resistance? How do you survive the test of time? This exhibition aims to highlight both the immediate and prolonged necessity for methods of adaptability. The site and exhibition within will function as a space for conversation and as a mechanism for sharing in a community-driven environment.
Dec 7, 2017 – Jan 16, 2018
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
I have video work in Fair Play. on view December 7th -10th, 2017, 11am – 7pm
Brickell City Centre
81 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130
FAIR. — FIRST ALL WOMEN, NON-COMMERCIAL ART FAIR DEBUTS DURING MIAMI ART WEEK AT BRICKELL CITY CENTRE
Fair. is a unique curated experience that provides space for women artists to create site-specific interventions in a non-traditional venue; to include notable works by Yoko Ono, Guerrilla Girls and more than 50 other women artists.
This December 7-10, Brickell City Centre (BCC), Miami’s newest urban shopping epicenter, will be home to Fair., an alternative, non-commercial contemporary art fair set to be a historic convening of some of the world’s most iconic and trailblazing women artists.
Presented by Swire Properties Inc, Fair. aims to address gender inequality in the art world and beyond, highlight activism in contemporary creative practices and inspire and empower women. Fair. will run concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach, December 7–10 from 11 am to 7 pm, and will be located throughout multiple spaces within BCC’s shopping center.
Fair Play. is the video sector curated by Micol Hebron and presented in partnership with CMX Cinemas, which will feature The Femmes’ Video Art Festival projected onto the large-scale LED viewing screen. Founded in 2015, The Femmes’ Video Art Festival includes not just women artists, but femme, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, and nonbinary artists as well. The selection of videos in Fair Play. is intended to foster an expansive conversation about gender, authorship, identity, and identity expression and representation. From #MeToo to #NotYou, Fair Play. aims to provide space for the voices of artists working in video who have heretofore been marginalized by cis-hetero identity norms. Fair Play. includes the special participation of YoungArts alumni.
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