Hibernation and Inspiration
Are you mentally burnt to a crisp? I sure am. It feels like time to recover and re-fuel. This post is a big thank you the artists and collaborators of Opulent Mobility who keep me inspired year after year, plus an invitation to embroider your favorite image with me. Special thanks to those who donated to help fund ASL descriptions! You are awesome. If you didn't yet, it's not too late! Donate to Opulent Mobility here and you could get a tax deduction.
Many thanks to all the artists, collaborators, and accessibility folks who helped bring Opulent Mobility 2022 to life. Special thanks to Larissa Nickel at AVC Gallery, LA Art Documents and Heidi Marie Photography, Anthony Tusler, Teri Grossman (audio descriptions), McKerrin Kelly (voice over), Amber Jobin (Melusine's perfumer), and all the artists who made this year memorable. Haven't seen the exhibit yet? Here's a video walk through.
Mounting Opulent Mobility is a challenge every time, but each year the artists remind me why this show is important and worth the effort. I'm interviewing OM artists for an upcoming book and love to learn more about them!
Dr. Ju Gosling (aka ju90) is the artistic director of Together!, an international disability film festival. Check it out December 3-4! Because of budget cuts this year is the last big event, but they will offer 10 smaller online events next year. Lisa Merida-Paytes is an accomplished sculptor and gallerist and a lovely person. Her latest exhibit is at the OAC Riffe Gallery in Columbus, OH and her artist talk (on the Nexus of Art and Health) is November 23. Rachel Ungerer was approached by Stanford University because of her work in Opulent Mobility (how neat is that!?), and gave a talk on her art practice and disability social justice.
LA folks, embroider your favorite image at the Makery! Make a lasting memory, meet my fellow studio artists, and say hello to Melusine. It's in Little Tokyo, so make it a day tour and enjoy. Sign up at https://www.makery.la/workshops and scroll to find the embroidered face. $75. 260 S. Los Angeles Street on Sunday, November 27 from 2-5 PM. We'll start with an outline, go over basic stitches, and sew all that we can. Bring your image, fabric to embroider on, tissue or tracing paper to transfer your image, embroidery needles and thread OR pick up a kit on site. Beginners and regular sewists are welcome.
Free street parking, inexpensive lots nearby.
Good fortune to you all and get some rest whenever you can!
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.