2016 is already positive and abundant with a new offering of work that was created and exhibit recently – which you can read more about below – including an exhibit currently running at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley.
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Through Spring, stop in to visit the ‘Resilience’ exhibit at the Phoebe A. Hearst Anthropology Museum at U.C. Berkeley.
Resilience speaks to the important skill of being able to transform through art experiences that often the rational mind can not face, and therefore, can not heal. Two of the Spirit Doll series is on display in this exhibit, together with a pastel and photograph.
The Spirit Doll series are made of California coastal wood and shells, with materials collected on the coast of San Francisco and Bay Area, and, unique one-of-a-kind designed dresses and outfits.
Born from the troubling history that Ohlone and other native women experienced during colonial times, these dolls represent the wooden dolls that mission women were required to carry as punishment when they were unable to conceive or carry a child to term, often for a month at a time and in public.
Instead, the Spirit Dolls transform that experience – which women of all faiths and religions can understand – of being judged for characteristics with which we are born or experience in life – into a symbol of the beauty in accepting oneself despite any physical or other ‘limitation’ that trauma, disability and other unexpected changes in our physical ability. These dolls embrace the spirit of self-love and acceptance.
I am pretty excited that two of the ‘Spirit Dolls’ from the series I began in 2015 are part of the exhibit at the Phoebe Hearst Anthropology Museum, and the healing response has spurred me on to continue the series into 2016 with some exciting new expansions on the project.
Here are a few of the new dolls from this summer.
I create these dolls in my art practice, and as part of workshops on cultural trauma. Spirit Dolls are available on commission and individual or institutional collectors can inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November 2015, I presented on invitation ‘Sitting Ohlone’ at the San Francisco Art Institute. ‘Sitting Ohlone’ is part of the ‘Open Doors to Healing’ Installation Project, and involves three interactive installations to open together in exhibit in 2017.
The photo and video installation, Sitting Ohlone, is a performance piece that engages in urban participatory performance by contemplating publicly the value in creating a world-class American Indian museum on San Francisco’s main tourist Market Street with an Annex research and residency center in the Presidio. The performance also seeks to add to the discussion of San Francisco’s modern development the voices and input of its most ancient people, the Ohlone, who still live and are active in City life, and as the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian proves, such a museum and cultural center can be a bonus to a City that attracts visitors from around the world.
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