My Mom Says My Artwork Has Really Improved at Antenna Gallery is a group exhibition, curated by Natalie McLaurin, that explores the connection between artworks made at different times in an artist’s life. By using childhood work shown next to recent works of art, this exhibition shows how some themes, forms, and content stay with the artist over the course of a lifetime. It includes my bookwork Lots of Love, Helen which is a portrait of my mother, Helen Basilo Gilbert (February 29, 1920-April 27-2011), along with several scrapbooks I made as a kid. My mother was a strong creative influence always urging me to make things and allowing me to cut up our encyclopedia and magazines as long as it was to go into a constructive project. At my graduate thesis exhibition, she told John Clemmer, Chairman of the Art Department at Newcomb, that I “used to be able to draw really well.” May she rest in peace.
JUST BACK FROM SPRING TRAVELS and presenting (along with long time collaborators Jacques and Monica Arpin and hubby, Kevin McCaffrey): THE CAJUNS OF LOUISIANA: The strategies, traditions and techniques of a cultural community in a post-disaster situation in Paris at the 1ST International Conference on Cultural Psychiatry in the French Speaking World, Transcultural Psychiatric Section of the World Psychiatry Association. For a short, collaboratively-produced video we used to introduce the Cajuns and our field work in Acadiana, click here.
SPEAKING OF CAJUN, in his latest documentary Cajun Food Traditions Now premiering this month on WYES, Kevin surveys the complex traditions and ingredients that make up Cajun cuisine. We will continue roaming, photographing, talking and tasting Acadiana to document CAJUN SMOKED MEAT STORIES for Kevin’s upcoming book with University of Mississippi Press.
We were able to do some Cajun food history research on our flower-filled drive around the Loire Valley while in residence at Maison Gai Saber in Leigne-sur-Usseau. To view an album of meditations on place merging French Quarter and Leigne views, click here.
We then moved into a more general ‘roots research’ when we visited Madrid at our artists’ residency with NoDoor .
NEXT UP, will be participating in the Global Fairness Initiative Weekend Events in late June: Art of the Americas Auction to be held at the historic Organization of American States building on the national mall and GFI’s launch of BeFair, a new green campaign for farmers in Guatemala. Click here for auction book and previewing opportunities.
The Rebecca Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina has invited The VESTIGES Project to mark the 6th Anniversary of the Katrina floods with an exhibition September 1- October 7, 2011 entitled VESTIGES/TRINITAS. Along with other works that we’ll be showing, will be an installation (9’ x 18’) VESTIGES/trinitas, conceived and currently being constructed by Debra Howell and me with contributions by 50 artists and writers from far and wide. STAY TUNED!