Monday, April 15, 2013

What I have been up to...

self portrait

Horse and Dog

Help Me Up
 I have been spending all my time writing, writing and re-writing my thesis but did manage to have work in 2 Boston area shows ( GAME ON and THE OTHER F WORD) and snap a few photos when inspired by the light.  I have just a few minutes of unaccustomed open time while waiting for a business phone call and decided to post an update of the last month.


Betsy goes to her first art opening - Game On

Betsy and Bruce checking out the Spoke Gallery at Medicine Wheel Productions Boston

Admiring a performance piece

Guarding my piece "This Is Not A Game"

"This Is Not A Game"  see statement below

Kathleen Bitetti curator/mentor and me



“This Is Not A Game”
Artist Statement

Popular lore, fueled over the years by the manufacturer of Monopoly, would have us
believe that the board game was invented in 1933 by Charles Darrow. Supposedly Darrow, a
repairman from Philadelphia developed the game, and along with Parker Brothers patented it
in 1935.

This story is not exactly true. Thirty years before Darrow, actress Lizzie Magie created
the first version of Monopoly which she called "The Landlord's Game." Magie, a follower of
economic reformer Henry George, used the game to teach his philosophy. George believed
that all people have an equal right to the earth and that private ownership of land and natural
resources was morally wrong because it gave privilege to a select wealthy few. George
claimed that private land ownership was destructive to both the economy and to social
development. He argued that land should be held in common by all members of society
acting collectively as caretakers. Magie hoped the game would teach people the economic
principle that paying rent to a landlord would keep them in poverty while enriching the

In Keeping with the educational spirit of Magie's game, "This Is Not A Game”is a
vehicle delivering facts and evidence on the current face of domestic violence in 2013

Images from 1970's Red Cross Safety training manuals were used to cover the outside
of houses which were patterned after the original Monopoly game houses. Creating the
houses in this fashion takes the issue of domestic assault, something often thought of as a
private family matter, and externalizes it into the public sphere. We cannot look away.
Chance Cards remind us that no one is exempt from the possibility of entering into an
abusive relationship. One's wealth or poverty, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or
social status do not predict nor guarantee protection from domestic violence.
Community Chest cards tell the current status of resources that are available to
victims. Years of decreasing employment and diminished personal wealth; paralleled by
decreased government funding for social programs, have left large holes in the safety net that
might protect and heal.

Domestic violence is not a game. Only through acknowledging the truth about who the
victims and perpetrators are; and by recognizing what causes violence can we begin to
protect ourselves and help our friends, family and neighbors.



The Other F Word show at Bunker Hill Community College Boston

My Aprons at The Other F Word

I was invited to participate in this show by curator Laura Montgomery.  I met her last year at the PRC portfolio review when she critiqued the Apron Project.

For Women’s History Month 2013
Bunker Hill Community College
Will Present:

The future of Feminism Today
A Group Exhibition of Massachusetts/Boston-Area Women Artists

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
“How could any woman not be a feminist? The girl I’m editing for wants to be known for herself.
If that’s not a feminist message, I don’t know what is.”

March 7 through April 5, 2013
Artists’ Reception: Thursday, March 14, 6:00 – 8:00p.m. Art Gallery/A300

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