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Together Apart: #Shelter
I create with color. I find ways to let the shapes speak to and inform each other. My work has a strong focus on that which is tactile. Materials draw me to them.
I also have an affinity for the repetition of subjects as a way to explore their full capabilities. My work becomes an expression of a particular moment between myself and these materials, these objects that I venture to share with others so that that may also have a moment.
Shelter. Through the weeks of investigating and challenging my own thoughts of shelter and how it enters and retreats from my life, I became very clear on where shelter exists for me. I found new ways to describe it for myself and others.
JANNELLE ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #SHELTER
The work created follows my journey of exploring ways to share these ideas with a viewer. It begins with a dive into memories of safety and security. I find these words to be synonyms for shelter. I then experimented with a recording of life. Using an exercise in commitment to logging freely, with abandon, a moment of my day as a way to find comfort in the ritual of art. And with the final week, I found shelter within my group. We bonded over the art, the experience and the bigger discussion of how shelter in life does not exist without trust. One does not find comfort or ease without acceptance, first from ourselves, and then from the other.
Born in Torrance, CA
Lives in Hudson, NY, USA
2009 | Massart Alumnus
Bachelor of Fine Art Student
2015 – 2018 | Thompson Giroux Gallery, En Masse, Annual Show
2015 | Thompson Giroux Gallery, Passage Path Road Route Way
2015 | Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center Community Art Show The Beauty of Black
2020 | Together Apart, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008 | Auction Award MassART
2007 | Craftsmanship Award MassART
Exhibitions, Together Apart
#1 | SHELTER: results
Artists in dialogue
During 2020, we carried out the first two sessions of Together Apart. The first session took as a conceptual and practical framework the REFUGE and the second, the NEST.
Through those starting points, both of which refer to caring atmospheres and structures for coexistence, we were able to think and create in a wide variety of directions and layers. We reflected on our pandemic context, a situation for which we had to find ourselves in the virtual non-space, but also a situation thanks to which people from many different countries were able to work simultaneously.
Assuming this complex situation, more than 20 participants per session created new pieces –some in exercise format–, took up projects that they had already worked on in the past or collectively set out to create new projects that will continue to develop beyond the scope of our meetings.
Taking these refuge and nest issues also in their complexity, we asked ourselves questions that made each of the participants involve their personal experiences, memory, memories and experiences from each of their territories. We addressed questions that sought to keep us in constant movement; at times we went through very optimistic or pessimistic visions about the possibility or necessity of having a shelter or a nest, and at other times, we were able to articulate more complex visions, enduring in intermediate and liminal states. For both, we took as a theoretical structure of support and dialogue the thought of Félix Guattari presented in The Three Ecologies (1989). His ethical-political approach that highlights the molecular domains of sensitivity, intelligence and desire, as well as his articulation of the three ecological registers (environment, social relations and human subjectivity), helped us to expand our creations and thoughts in relation to shelter and nest.
During the first session, when asked about the conditions that a refuge can have and the conditions that we would like a refuge to have, the artists (coincidentally and by chance, we had a cohort one hundred percent comprised of women) generated sculptural pieces, artists’ books, photographs, videos, dance pieces and more, reflecting on the permeability or isolation structures that a shelter can have. Also, many artists started from their bodily memories to refer to the refuge and made improvisation and performance pieces. We created in relation to the refuge conditions presented by nature and the refuges that we create to protect ourselves from certain natural conditions. Memory as a refuge and shelters for memory also arose through textile practices or from the use of jewelry or objects with which we build links. Finally, the bonds and the community as spaces that shelter and spaces that imply care was another of the axes that we explored through pieces that included readings of texts and sound activations.
Together Apart has functioned as a program that opened up possibilities for meeting and collaborative creation. It has made possible the creation of new rhythms and synchronies for a limited time but whose reverberations and echoes continue to affect in unexpected directions.
Daniela Ruiz Moreno (curator-in-residency)
- Alessandra Stradella
- Ana Vivoda
- Aneikit Bonnel
- Anna Rose
- Ariana Pirela Sánchez
- Caia Diepenbrock
- Carla Freschi
- Christine Bruce
- Dawn Langley
- Dolores Delia
- Gina Kukulski
- Giuliana Grippo
- Janette Hopper
- Jannelle Roberts
- Jill AnnieMargaret
- Judith Elisabeth de Haan
- Male Correa
- Roseanne Lynch
- Sara Minsky
- Shereen Shalhoub