Sunday, September 16, 2018

The 2018 Ravenswood Art Walk

It's been a while since I visited The Ravenswood Art Walk. As always, it was a treasure trove of discovery. But unlike previous years, it was unseasonably warm and the lack of air conditioning in some of the older studio buildings was palpable. Despite the heat, it was good to be back so that I could see the incredible variety of artwork on display.

My first stop was at The Awakenings Foundation's Cats Against Catcalling show. The gallery featured artwork dealing with street harassment while also ho
sting cats that needed new homes.

I loved this sign. It would go very well with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's Stop Telling Women to Smile mural on Wabash in the South Loop.

My favorite piece from the show was this series of drawings by Ursa Eyer showing a woman who has been dealing with street harassment for her whole life finally reaching her breaking point. I can definitely relate to that feeling. The Awakenings foundation exclusively shows work by survivors of sexual assault and the other pieces on display dealt with that subject matter so openly that I could feel the artists' vulnerability and trauma. I felt so emotionally raw after seeing it that it brought me to tears. I wanted to hold one of the kittens that were up for adoption but didn't get a chance to.

Eventually I made my way to Architectural Artifacts, which, if you're familiar with my blog, you may remember is one of my favorite places to take pictures. I never know what sorts of odds and ends I will find there. Among the many unusual finds I came across were a set of Frank Lloyd Wright chairs, unpainted paper masks from a German opera house, an exquisitely drawn map of Paris, and a giant paintbrush prop that I would have gotten for my studio as a decoration it it hadn't been so expensive.

Finally, I went to Lillstreet Art Center to see what everyone was working on over there.

I loved this piece by Abi Gonzales. I was also impressed with the mosaic work in the stairwells. I don't remember seeing it before, so maybe it's new.

I had a good time and look forward to returning to the area soon, maybe to help a design client find something unusual or maybe to get a giant paintbrush for my studio.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Doll Project: 10 Years Later

In the ten years since I was first inspired to create The Doll Project, I feel like it has become somewhat less relevant to the times, and that's a good thing. Between Mattel's addition of plus-size dolls to its line and the surging interest in the body positive movement, I feel like more people are questioning the oppressive social forces that I created The Doll Project to protest against.

I think overall our culture still has a long way to go, but the fact that these conversations are becoming more prevalent throughout both traditional and social media gives me hope.
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