Thursday, April 14, 2011


Study in Perspective (Tienanmen). 1995.

As some of you already know Chinese artist/actvist Ai Weiwei has recently been taken into custody by the Chinese Government (for more information click here). Those of you local to Portland may remember the exhibition of his work this past fall at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

For those of you familiar with Weiwei this comes as no surprise given his recent extended house arrest in Beijing, the subsequent destruction of his multi-million dollar studio in Shanghai last November, and the beating he received by Chinese authorities in 2009.

Since his detainment the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has created an online petition calling for the release of Weiwei which can be found here. Others in the international art community have also begun to plan a sit-in protest on Chinese embassies around the globe this Sunday using inspiration from a piece Weiwei did at Documenta in 2007 using 1,001 chairs.

On a more local level PNCA staff member Ryan Pearce and PNCA students have created posters in a show of solidarity and encourage others to print the images for public display.

Please stand up to this offensive act against political and artistic freedom by showing your solidarity!

Sunflower Seeds. 2010.

Helen Redman

Helen Redman, Pioneer of Feminst Art from Susan Richards on Vimeo.

Check out NIST.TV for tons of inspirational videos!

Monday, April 4, 2011


I have been without a computer so I haven't been posting much. But, I have been working on a few Fluxus inspired exercises and I thought I would share!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

james squared.

James 1: Below are pictures from James Turrell's Stone Sky (2005) in which one submerges themselves underwater to emerge in one of Turrell's site specific Skyspaces. Um, can you say AMAZING?

all photography © florian holzherr

James 2: I recently read this article by Professor James Abruzzo about leadership deficits in the arts community and the socio-political/economic conditions surrounding them. Sometimes academic writing fails to examine the underlying sources of a problem and providing attainable solutions to them, but Mr. Abruzzo does so in a way that is accessible and clearly written. This is an excellent read for anyone interested in taking a position in the arts.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Zine Submissions

WAD is looking for submissions for our first zine. We want to involve all of you creative woman out there!

There is no specific focus, but it will be in b&w with a riot grrrl/diy feel. We are looking for art, music, short stories, rambling, lists, anything you would like to share!
Hopefully we can get enough music submissions to release a tape or cd along with each copy.

Looking to have submissions in by our next group meeting on April 13th (but please let me know if you need a bit more time).

Questions and Submissions to:



Check out Carlie's website, Work.Place. She has been working hard on it and all of us here at WAD are proud of her!

" is a documentary of Portland creativity facilitated by local photographer, Carlie Armstrong. The aim of is to understand creative processes and the places that contain them.
We also hope to inform - by displaying the work of some of the most talented artists, musicians, designers, and craftspeople in this great city."

If you check in the about section you will see she is working with only film. If you have a few extra bucks, click the donation button to help her with costs.

Gary Robbins of Container Corps

Elizabeth Jaeger

Shawn Creeden!