Self Reclamation Through Ritual-in-Performance

"That which in art reminds us of our greater selves, our unexplored potentials, and our personal mysteries —however beautiful, dignified, humiliating, or painful— ultimately opens us to transpersonal realities of which we are not immediately conscious." In her fantastic article about the work of Ana Mendieta and Yoko Ono, Deborah K. Ultan explored how both …

Stray Dog Café

Opened in 1911 on New Year's Eve at Mikhailovckaya Ploshchad in St. Petersburg, The Stray Dog was Russia's first ever literary and artistic cellar. Until 1915, it was a meeting place for poets and performances like Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and many others. The story goes that writer Alexei Tolstoi gave the cellar …

Resting with Warriors

Shelley Niro, Resting with Warriors (detail), 2001, series of 4 woodcuts on wove paper.  Shelley Niro is a multi-diciplinary artist, and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Her work challenges stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples. "Some people …

Kilim Motifs & Embroidery Patterns

Musing about visions of tapestry weavings. Perhaps revisiting fragmented childhood memories of being in spaces/places adorned with ancestral knowledge. Planning to assemble and juxtapose traditional motifs onto paper. Also interested in transferring embroidery patterns onto graph paper. With my roots planted in Western Ukraine, embroidery with geometric patterns relates to the beauty of Ukrainian nature. …