PityParty is an ongoing project that seeks to destigmatize talking about mental health through the disguise of a party. At first the project incorporated printmaking in the forms of cards, cakes (real & fake), t-shirts and a performance of hosting a "pity party" by sharing cake and conversations. Before and afterwards installations were created around these celebrations.
In December 2018, I was invited to start a three-month-long residency at the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, Ohio) where I hosted a version of PityParty for the public two nights a week for four hours each night. Using past works as a general basis for lesson plans, I varied projects on a weekly basis and created a safe space in the CAC’s “Unmuseum” Art Lab for people to be as open as they wanted. Over the span of the three months, I created a sketchbook library consisting of 19 books that were collaborations between strangers and friends to document the people who participated in the PityParty environment; hosted multiple fake parties starting with an initial PityParty, a Fun-eral for 2018 (Fun Funeral), and a Love Hurts extravaganza in conjunction with the rest of the museum; and multiple exercises for my own practice to have fun and let go while making work.
Recent Selected Works
Community Sketchbook Archive
Throughout my residency, I hosted a community sketchbook project to archive and document the guests we hosted on a weekly basis. The 19-book series operated as a cathartic outlet for people to draw, collage, paint, etc. whatever was going on throughout their day-to-day lives. It also operated as a challenge to rethink what the potential of a sketchbook can be, or beyond mere pencil drawings that usually might come to mind when speaking about sketchbooks.