Chop Challenge

Happy to be part of the 5th Annual EILEEN FISHER Renew Chop Challenge

Columbia City Gallery November 15- January 7

“Innovative works by over 40 regional artists, including Janice Arnold, Mary Coss, Marita Dingus, Elizabeth Jameson, Patti King, Anna Mahar, and Junko Yamamoto

The artists have transformed damaged textiles into something entirely new, which embodies EILEEN FISHER’s commitment to being circular by design and addressing wastefulness in the fashion industry.”

Artists’ Reception, Saturday, November 18, 5-7pm 

 

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Upcoming Exhibits

Surge The Museum of Northwest Art together with the Skagit Climate Science Consortium(SC2) will host Surge, an exhibition designed to draw attention to climate change and its impact on Northwest’s coastal communities. I will be expanding on my previous work Silent Salinity to create a large scale installation at the museum.  October 6, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Groundswell is a solo show at METHOD Gallery Sept 14-Oct 27, 2018. I will be creating an immersive installation with video mapping on the windows. The show is in conjunction with Borealis Festival of Light.

KISS FEAR Poetry, sculpture, video and performance meld to tell the saga of gun culture. In this rendition, Holly Ballard Martz, Deborah Faye Lawrence, Daemond Arrindell, and myself take an intimate look down the barrel – contemplating gun rights, the loss of life, and the search for healing in touching, powerful and sometimes darkly humorous ruminations on America’s weapon of choice. Fall quarter at Edmonds Community College Gallery.  View the artzone video here

Cornish Arts Incubator Residency

A collaborative journey with Daemond Arrindell, Anastacia Renee Tolbert and Dani Tirrell will be initiated at the Alhadeff Theater in January 2018.

We ascribe to the belief that joy is a state of mind: an intentional choice of empowerment, not in spite of our identities, but as a celebration of them. We see joy as a form of resistance and transformation, against what our capitalistic society has taught us. But how do we engage it? How do we reach this state of mind, intentionally? As artists we asked ourselves these questions and the conclusions that arose focused on digging into our intersectional identities. We plan to undertake a journey together to explore the critical, historical and personal metaphors inspired through the lens of water. We will experiment with how these ideas can be expressed within a permutation of written and performed poetry, dance, and visual art. Our intention is to explore water as a vehicle for joy and transformation.

 

What Would Betsy Ross Do? A New American Flag Project

 

Disunion
Disunion is a welded wire flag with the 2nd Amendment written into the stripes. The red and blue thread stars barely hang onto the gauze, split in their sections with barbed wire surrounding the flag.

July 6, 2017 – July 29, 2017

ArtXchange  512 First Ave S  Seattle, WA 98104

This exhibit showcases creative reactions to the political climate of the United States. Seattle-based artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine imagined Betsy Ross, the creator of the iconic Stars and Stripes, conceiving a design for the American flag in 2017. This contemplation is the inspiration for the exhibit. Artists use the flag as subject matter, redesign it and embed their flags with new meaning. The exhibition is a range of reactions, resistance and the action of taking charge of one’s viewpoint and delivering it through art.

Featuring artists Mary Coss, Ann Boles, Benjamin George Filinson, Betz Bernhard, Carolyn Autenreith, Deborah Mersky, Dorit Ely, Ella Chodos-Irvine, Erin Shigaki, Hawo Ali, Holly Ballard Martz, Jean Hicks / Jeanne Hearn / Jennifer Kennard / Josie Iselin / Julie Paschkis, Juliette Delfs, Kathy Bennett, Kieren Dutcher, Laura Sinai, Mare Blocker, Margaret Bovingdon, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Nina Crocker & Ravenna Resistance Flag group and Suzanne Uschold.

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Three Graces at Matzke Fine Art and Design

I started weaving monumental skirts from 2000’ of barbed wire as our congressional representatives started to weave gender based limitations into our medical coverage. On top of the menacing skirts sit the seductive figures that reclaim their power and breathe a warning “KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF ME”

Sculpture Park 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Is., WA

 

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ARTRUMPS Resistance and Action

Nevertheless, She PersistedBONFIRE Gallery 603 S Main St Seattle

Throughout history artists have lead the way using their work as a voice of dissent, protest and action for change. ARTRUMPS Resistance and Action presents artists in a variety of mediums, cultures and geographical locations, inspiring people with politically engaged artistic expression and points of view.The artists and the gallery are donating 50% of the sale of work to nonprofits of their choice, organizations working for justice, equality, resistance, legal support and change.

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2nd Amendment BookClub

This solo show is an exploration into gun culture as I question what is sacred. The installation binds haunting imagery with formidable data to create visceral stories that contemplate gun rights, loss of life, and the search for healing.DisunionartEAST 95 Front Street North  Issaquah, WA

March 15–May 28, 2017, artEAST Art Center
Artist Talk/National Slow Art Day Saturday, April 8, 4 pm
Opening Reception Saturday, April 8, 6–8 pm
BookClub Sunday, May 21, 3–5 pm

Taking off the Gloves

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KISS FEAR

Mapping Time counts gun deaths in the course of a three-month exhibit. Each Sunday one candle was lit to honor a life taken from gun violence in the US that week (excluding suicide). Approximately 3500 candles were lit. The sage or goddess of hope sits above the USmap overseeing the tragedy. Offering a place of refuge within her heart, the opening contains a video of waves lapping slowed to the rhythm of a heartbeat.

Taking off the Glvoes detail

Artist Holly Ballard Martz, Pcandle-lightingoet Daemond Arrindell, and myself take an intimate look down the barrel – contemplating gun rights, the loss of life, and the search for healing in touching, powerful and sometimes darkly humorous ruminations on America’s weapon of choice.Poetry, sculpture, video and performance meld to tell the saga of gun culture in the exhibit.  KISS FEAR Candles are lit every Sunday to honor lives lost to gun violence that week.   November 3, 2016 – January 28, 2017

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Silent Salinity

I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to collaborate with several scientists to learn more about the effects of Global Warming on salinity. The work, Silent Salinity, poetry and castings will be shown in Surge at Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA September 2016.

 

Public DebMary Coss Artist - Bronze Busts & Skirtst to the Suffragette is being shown at Anacortes Arts Festival July 30 – August 7, and Artprize in Grand Rapids, MI September 21- October 9, 2016.

Thank you ACLU for my  Special Recognition Award at Artprize                  “Art to Change the World: Inspiring Social Justice”

ubiquity

 

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Magnuson Park Gallery through May 2, 2016. Ubiquity  (castings, wirework and graphite drawing)

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