JULY WINDOW ARTIST: DANA HENG
I command you to feast your eyes upon these words. Do it, I dare you. Who even are you? Fuck you. Eat me.
In this piece, I hope to convey the basic idea of the (sexual) fetishization of asian people. On a deeper level, I want to bring to light the experience of feeling like I am being eaten alive every day by the forces of white supremacy. Yes, even in liberal/radical/feminist/artist spaces, I become a token, consumed for my identity and my personal experience. This work is also a declaration of my self worth, and, on the flip side, how I am so desirable, appetizing, and en vogue, just like the newly discovered szechuan spot. It is SO GOOD and SO CHEAP and SOOOOO SPICY! Who are YOU, viewer? I take into consideration how starkly white the art world is, and know that most of you reading this right now are white. With this context, “eat me” is saying the opposite—it commands you to fuck off. I’m not gonna actually FEED you—white supremacy has already taken so much from me. On the other hand, I am paying homage to signage of asian nail salons and restaurants. We run this shit, so ya’ll can just eat me :)
Shout out to the diaspora, Josephine Devanbu for your help and critique, bell hooks’ “Eating the Other,” and my ol' teacher, Nancy Dwyer for showing me how to be clever and not give a fuck.
I’ve had a marvelous time subletting Daniella’s room this past month. I’ve enjoyed coming home to BABY and trying to make the most out of have a 24 hour all access print shop!
I will be around the Dirt Place until the end of the month before heading off to work as a studio assistant at Arrowmont school of arts and crafts in Tennessee. Happy to be here now!
RI expatriate afloat in california returns with new eyeballs to barf city for 'studio residency,' embracing time and space to tap the inner world frequency and the less-seen worlds around us. realizing art is flowers and fruit for the dead, food for the living. new output: ROT zine #8, lovingly printed fashions &/or permanent ink for freaks' adornment. haunting the print shop all night, vanishing at dawn to do mysterious things in the ocean. grateful to be here!
point of fashion: a principled revolutionary
current obsession: angels
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Moving into the dirt palace in slow motion. Spooning baby the cat in front of two fans. Forming a newslettery mailer in my head. If you want to exchange mail email me your address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I got the opportunity to stay at the Dirt Palace this month and it was the perfect environment to do some reflection and make some new stuff! When I wasn't holed up in my room next to a box fan watching conspiracy theory youtube videos, I was working on projects like writing epic songs about transgender Australian murder suspects, translating the book of Ecclesiastes from ancient Hebrew, revising my zine about gender and disability and capitalism, making wallets, and doing chalk pastel portraits of my friends. I'll be playing a show at the Dirt Palace soon!
Mostly hiding, but backstrapping and killing mosquitoes as needed.
Maia and I are honored to have Look at Art. Get Paid. featured in the first episode of the Whitest Cube, a fab new podcast by our friends Palace and Ariana, taking on "the exclusionary history of art institutions from the perspectives of people of color." Check out their stuff at The Whitest Cube!
[Recent google docs collage of greek column repurposed as traditional Chinese acupressure tool]
In other news, Look at Art. Get Paid. has been invited to serve as artist-in-residence for this year's Philadelphia Area Creative Collaborative– a platform that supports interdisciplinary teams "pushing the role of the arts in effecting civic change" with funding from the Mellon Foundation.
We're super excited to collaborate with filmmaker John Muse, political economist Craig Borowiak (both of Haverford College) as well as Jamila Medlay, director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. More concrete terms about what we'll be up to soon!
C. is beginning research for a series involving the Christian Tenebrae service, family photographs, and dermatology.