My participation to ‘Inspire / Respond’: St Madeleine Sophie’s Center and the Feminist Group

Inspire/Respond: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and the Feminist Image Group
June 1 – 30 / Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 5-8pm

The Traveling Piece
mixed media collage

I am participating to a very interesting show in San Diego with the Feminist Group.

Here is the Story of ‘The Traveling Piece’, the piece I’ve made for the show, inspired by Linda’s Rubin piece. Both pieces are shown next to each other in ‘Inspire/Respond’.

All the artists participating to the ‘Inspire/Respond’ project chose a piece at Madeleine Sophie’s center in San Diego to work from. Living in the Bay area, I could not go get the piece. So Anna chose a print for me by Linda Rubin. She gave Linda’s piece to her sister Molly who was traveling back from San Diego to Palo Alto. A few days ago I met Molly at her office which was really nice. We looked together at Linda’s piece which I was seeing for the first time. A beautiful print of a blue bird. May be a migratory bird?

I took it back to my house where I kept it in sight. I decided to take the piece to where the birds are around here, a place I love: the bay. Milo, my 11 year old son just ruptured his Achilles tendon. We could not really walk much but he, his brother Harper and I, went to the bay in Mountain View and took some nice pictures there with Linda’s piece. The birds were peacefully walking, searching for food, floating around, flying above, chirping and singing. It was nice to see Linda’s blue bird there too!

After we came back home I thought that Linda’s piece was the ‘traveling piece’ and my piece would be the envelope of Linda’s piece on its way back to San Diego.

I love this project and I am glad to be part of it.
Thank you Linda for the inspiration.

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and the Feminist Image Group
Art Exhibition June 1 – 30
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 5-8pm

Sophie’s Gallery & Gift Shop NTC
2825 Dewey Road, Gallery 101
San Diego, CA 92101

Artists from FIG create visual and critical responses to artworks by adults with developmental disabilities of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. “Inspire/Respond” was a challenge to expand artistic horizons and methods, honoring the traditions of outsider art. Artworks are displayed together in this exciting exhibition at Sophie’s Gallery in Liberty Station.

Participating artists:
Daphne Hill / George Cline
Anna Stump / Tina Frantz
Michele Guieu / Linda Rubin
Kathy Nida / Mitch Gricman
Susan Myrland / Clayton Hauer
Lisa Hutton / Omar Torrez
Jeanne Dunn / Michael Jacobs
Prudence Horne / Susan Warin
Asa Kvissberg  / Theresa Baker
Anna Zappoli / Mary Ann Denton
Amy Paul / Linda Rubin
Jennifer Bennett /

About FIG:
The Feminist Image Group was formed in 2009. FIG is a coalition of visual artists who meet to discuss art, see exhibitions, and support one another’s careers. Artists work across many media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, digital media and performance.

As artists, FIG is concerned with how women continue to be portrayed in the art world. As teachers and feminists, they encourage students and colleagues to be alert to sexism in its many forms. FIG promotes an inclusive worldview that allows all voices. Previous exhibitions include “Women by Women” at the San Diego Art Department, 2010, and “What Women Want” at the Lyceum Theater Gallery, 2011, and “Feeder” at 4141 Garage, 2012.


4 Envelopes/Collages for The 4×6 Project Exchange 2

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Today I sent 4 envelopes to the Brooklyn Art Library and I should get four 4×6″ artworks in exchange – from artists participating in the project – that the Brooklyn Art Library will send to me. I was supposed to send a 4×6″ artwork in an envelope but I sent some mail art with an envelope [for the artwork in return] inside each envelope. We’ll see if this works!

The 4×6 Exchange project 2 is a project created by The House Co-op / Brooklyn Art Library.

“Une Vie, Un Arbre”: Collages for the exhibition of mail art in Vienne, France

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9 collages on envelopes

Today I’ve sent 9 envelopes (9×12″ – 23x31cm) to the French nonprofit organization “Une vie un Arbre” which organizes each year an exhibition of mail art: “Festival d’Art Postal” in Vienne, France. The envelopes are for sale and the money goes to help children who are very ill.
The series I have sent is made of torn pieces of tissue paper and origami paper.

My friends Eric Meyer and Ivan Sigg have sent envelopes that you can see on their blogs. They will be special guests and present at the exhibition in Vienne, along with Christiane Berti, Sylvie Graindorge, Agnès Lachard, Evelyne Lanno, Eni Looka, Mariette.

More information about the association here (in French).

L’Association “Une vie, un arbre”
Festival d’art Postal
23, 24 et 25 mars 2012 à Vienne (Isère), France.

Nonprofit organization “Une Vie, Un Arbre”
Mail Art Festival
March 23, 24 & 25, 2012
Vienne, France.

See the envelopes I’ve sent in 2011 here.
The envelope I’ve sent in 2009 here.