Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring is here...


WOW! My first museum talk!

I'm so honored to be giving a talk on Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.)—I hope that you can make it if you are in the area!


I'm excited to be a part of this amazing group show at Printed Matter:

Ordinary Extraordinary

New Independent Publishing by Women
March 26 - April 11, 2016
5:00 – 7:00

Featuring the work of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Emma Kohlmann, LAZY MOM, Melinda Melmoth, Miniature Garden, Pegacorn Press, and Slow Editions.
Opening Saturday, March 26th, 5-7pm, with the launch of Lazy Mom’s new zine, Easy Come
Ordinary Extraordinary is a group show of work by women-run publishing imprints and self-publishing artists. Using inexpensive printing techniques such as photocopying and risograph, much of this work takes inspiration from the familiar and everyday and elevates it to a new level of importance and relevance. With themes ranging from pop culture icons and processed foods to the human form and sexuality, these publishers offer fresh perspectives on well-established subject matter….
LAZY MOM creates otherworldly installations out of junk food and pantry staples. The fruits of their labor are at once recognizable but wholly transformed into something that you would probably never want to eat.
Melinda Melmoth pays painstaking homage to pop culture television and movies by drawing each scene from hit shows and films such as “True Detective”, “Magic Mike”, and “Magic Mike 2”. Also on view will be her quilt depicting nude scenes from the HBO prison show, “Oz”.
Miniature Garden re-examines traditional and sometimes mundane forms of domesticity and provides new context for viewing and appreciating the intimacy of the home in publications such as “Household Objects” and “House Plant Music” a cassette tape featuring the music of Xiu Xiu with an accompanying zine of photographs and drawings by Denise Schatz.
Alicia Nauta of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe creates imagined interior spaces by taking recognizable elements that make up a home such as rugs, windows and doorways and combining them in strange and often psychedelic ways.
Slow Editions publishes books, drawings and multiples rooted in drawing. Eunice Luk’s own work plays with line, form, and abstraction. Her simple & elegant drawings are made up of abstracted shapes that hint at recognizable forms of figures, trees, and vessels. Alicia Nauta and Eunice Luk often collaborate on books and prints, a selection of which will also be included in the show.
Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press creates a mystical form of feminism that simultaneously feels ancient and yet entirely contemporary. In works such as “Garden of the Womanimal” and “Womanimalistic”, wild and fierce females run amok and the vagina reigns over all.
Emma Kohlmann creates haunting and beautifully erotic narratives by interweaving simple and crude ink drawings with poetic musings on alienation, sex, and death. Awkward bodies lumber on the pages and engage in a multitude of sexual positions with eachother, but a feeling of loneliness persists throughout.
About Easy Come:
LAZY MOM’s fifth self-published zine, “Easy Come” is a collection of visceral food photography with romantic and debaucherous undertones. Imagine a sweaty summer night with melted candy drips and a swirling sea of chocolate. Imagine a hot date with a full frontal octopus and a rose dipped in Cheez Whiz. Imagine no more because it’s all a reality…come inside “Easy Come.”
Image from the cover of Easy Come

Photo by Chris Berntsen. February 2016, New Orleans, LA

In loving memory of Evan Sabourin, 1979-2016


This past weekend, I lost a dear friend and fellow artist that I was working with. We were in the process of working on a Pegacorn Press publication featuring Evan's art, which was centered around addiction and recovery. To lose him to his struggle with addiction, especially after just having visited him last month in rural Manitoba, is completely devastating. My heart goes out to everyone who is mourning his passing—he was truly a special person and really made a mark on everyone he met.

If you knew Evan, there will be several celebrations of his life happening this month, one of which is tomorrow in his home town of St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba. Another one will be in Minneapolis on April 9th—please email if you want details for that event.

I will be tabling the Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Fair in June, and will be doing several reading events with Al Burian while I'm there for the month. I will also be having an art show of prints in Berlin—more details on all that soon!

In the interim, much love to everyone and happy Spring. Please take a minute to express gratitude to the people that you love and hold close to your heart!

Caroline Paquita + Pegacorn Press