Trans4fer 554 fundraiser May 9th!

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I’ve been working SO hard to get ready for The GAG’s fundraiser next week (Tuesday, May 9th) at the Wilser’s Room. Hope to see many of you there!

Here’s how it works:

IMPORTANT:

YOU bring  (with all do respect, as I am certain that you really are reading carefully but still, let me repeat “YOU” BRING) a pre-washed  – maybe even recycled – cotton T shirt, pillowcase, market bag, or other scrap of fabric with you to the pub.

Cover is 10$

Here’s how the fun goes down! You choose the stencil you like best (more to come this week) and then hand over your item to us. Our volunteers from the GAG will stencil the image you selected onto your item and have it ready for you to pick up when you’re ready to leave. Boom!

You get to visit with your buddies on a weeknight, score a cool new addition to your wardrobe AND help out other members of our community at the same time!

Cheers to you!

All profits go to Fredericton’s Clinic 554

Clinic 554 provided health care to all, with a focus on reproductive, trans*, LGBT/Queer, and HIV care. Here’s a bit of information about Clinic 554 in their own words:

Clinic 554 is a family practice devoted to patient-driven healthcare. We aim to further the experiences of health and wellbeing of our patients through principles of respect, inclusiveness, and evidence-based best practices. We strive to include the voices of community groups to promote equity and advocacy, and to create a space that contributes to patient empowerment.

If you’re in the Fredericton area, we hope that you’ll pop down on May 9th and support our project!

“I think…”

A month or so ago, I did an interview with Nathalie Sturgeon of the Brunswickan Newspaper. I was reading back over my answers to a couple of the questions that she asked me, and realized that I would like to share them here in my blog.

So here goes!

  1. NS: Tell me about yourself. 

DH: I am a person who is engaged in living my daily life as a pattern of my beliefs. My socio-political markers are that: I am a woman, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, artist, Ph. D candidate, educator, and a feminist.

I would add, that I am a person who turns to making things to process the world around me. I make tokens – to give as gifts – as a way of processing/expressing my love, praise, care, my connection, my concern, and my grief.

 

  1. NS: What were some of your favourite aspects of being in Barcelona? 

DH: My favourite things about being in Barcelona is hard to pin down. It would have to be, at least in part, as I wrote in the statement for my exhibition; I become a watercolorist when I travel. A methodology rather than an occupation; the practice of watercolour slows down the gulp-like aspect of seeing for me. I struggled to slow down –unsettled and fascinated in equal parts – to take in the sights, smells, sounds, and textures of each little area of Barcelona that I visited.

Travel is a privilege, and the best way I know to repay such opportunity is to see well. Conceding to each new situation by suspending judgement, and yielding to a commonality of human experience represents the choice. It is about welcoming curiosity, compassion, and friendship in the face of unfamiliar cultures, customs, and beliefs.

More generally about my time in Barcelona, I loved the street art, the architecture, its location on the Mediterranean, the sensuality of the Barcelona’s culture as a whole.

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Photo by Danielle Hogan, Street art from the Gothic district, Barcelona, Spain. August 2016.

 

  1. NS. What are some of the things that inspire your art? 

DH. Affects, aesthetic texture, and memories inspire my work.

 

  1. NS. When you create a piece of art, how do you start? 

Honestly, I never know for certain how, or when a piece begins.

 

  1. NS. Why do you like having your art displayed in fredericton? 

DH: I am very proud to be associated with Gallery 78. The Patakis represent many talented artists –  more than I could possibly list here – though I will say that I am extremely humbled to be recognized – by association – with the work of such brilliant artist as Molly Lamb Bobak, Brigid Toole-Grant, Brigitte Clavette and Ann Manuel, in addition to the work of younger artists including Stephanie Weirathmueller and Jessie Babin.  Inge Pataki first took me on in my twenties- as an inexperienced artist – demonstrating her faith in me, and that had an extremely positive and lasting effect on me.

Additionally, my very favourite thing about exhibiting my work in Fredericton is that my two children and my partner, as well as my parents and friends can be with me to celebrate. That is so important because making art can be a lonely process at times..

 

  1. NS. What are some of your future goals? 

DH: My future goals; that is a question, one which seem much more straight forward to answer when I was younger. I am 43 today, and then  in my 20s living in Vancouver and attending art school, I would have simply said that my goal was to be a successful artist. Today I am less certain about exactly what that means for me – success- and even what it means to our society more generally. I wonder if “success” mean having money?  And if so, what point along such that path of monetary acquisition might represents the achievement of said “success”.

Should my goal be Happiness? How could I ever know if I’ve achieved “enough” of such a fleeting thing to claim it? Feminist academic Sara Amed is someone who’s work I look to when considering challenging questions. And, on the topic of happiness she has written quite a lot;

Happiness as a positive emotion can suggest the warmth and ease of comfort, or the sharp intensities of joy. It can be a momentary feeling, like a bolt of lightning that interrupts the night sky, only to be gone again, or the calm slow sigh of reflecting on something that has gone well. Happiness can be the beginning or the end of a story. Happiness can be all these things, and in being all of them, risks being none. (The Promise of Happiness, 2010, p. 202)

Years ago, after finishing my master’s degree, I came across a quote by American author Joan Didion. I hadn’t yet read any of Didion’s work, and her outspoken politics and decisive identity as a woman – and as an author/artist – were yet unknown to me. However, the quote struck me deeply. It remained crudely taped to the wall of my Victoria studio until the day I move to New Brunswick. Perhaps it best sums up my future intentions [goals?], it reads;

I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package,” [Didio said.] “I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it. (Didion, 1975. Commencement address at the University of California, Riverside)        

I do have a goal of wanting to be kind without holding onto the expectation that I need to be “nice”, or liked, by everyone. I want to be true to myself, and to those that I care about – now, and in the future.

And, I will need to get a paying job sooner or later – wink- !)

 

  1. NS. Anything else you would like to add? 

DH. Yes.

The pain and violence of gender assimilation is something impacts EVERYONE’s life. Assumptions and expectations regarding gender are subjects which I know together, we can overcome much sooner, rather than later. Let’s get at it.

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The author of this photo is unknown to me; it can be found many places on the internet. I found it here: https://africanfeminism.com/2016/06/09/social-construction-of-roles-a-brief-reflection-by-daniel-hailu/

Finally, I want to say thank you for showing  an interest in my work, and for taking the time to ask me these questions.

Cheers!

 

Lessons learned, plans to re/make, and the most important thing is all ‘wrapped up’.

Mum always taught us to say thank you, and I’m sorry when appropriate. In our little family I’m the birthday rememberer, the gift wrapper, and the note writer as those things matter to me deeply. At least, I thought that I was until yesterday morning.

Our youngest came down stairs yesterday morning asking for “a bag you can’t see through”. Now I was in the middle of making lunches so I only had a Ziplock bag to offer him which, he declined and left the room.

A half hour or so later when we were at the door grabbing last minute hats and putting on boots I looked over to the stairs and saw a little package. It looked like this:

When I asked what it was, he replied “it’s for my friend”. The ‘package’ was one of our paper napkins (with a nice pin-stripe patterns on it) folded over the back  – as neatly as a six year old can – with plastic bag-clip holding a note to the outside, written in yellow highlighter – which read, simply, “sorry” in his very newly acquired block printing style.

Turns out that why he had been asking for the “bag you can’t see through” was that he wanted to return two Pokemon cards to a friend at school because they’d traded and he felt that he’d had them for too long..

Experts are always claiming that the best way to teach is to lead by example, and this sweet little boy proved this morning that it couldn’t be more true – or meaningful..

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I am knitting a new GAG banner, this one much smaller then the first, and this one is designed to play off of the idea of ‘women’s frilly nature’. It’s so fun! (I got the wacky yarn when I  was in Toronto for the Feminist Art Conference in January. Brilliant!)

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Someone else knitting images into their work, but this is knitting about knitting – look closely!

Titled:Wartime Knitting Circle, 2007.
Artist: Sabrina Gschwandtner
Acrylic, cotton, wood, various knitting notions,
Dimensions variable

Women war workers make knitted woolen jackets 
to cover the glass flasks of number 74 grenades (commonly known as “sticky bombs”) at a factory workshop in Britain, 1943. The women, including Mrs B. Colman (nearest to the camera) and Miss H. Brearley (center), fasten the jackets by means of a drawstring around the neck of the flask. 
The woolen jackets will soon be coated with adhesive to 
enable them to stick to their target before detonation.

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And, I am trying today not to “cry over spilt yogurt” as I deal with the news that I will not be defending my PhD before the end of the term… SO. I am going to throw myself into the work of finishing this beautiful bunting for The GAG’s Trans4fer554 fundraiser scheduled for May 9th – and not cry over the “mess” of my planning otherwise! (*wink*)

I had a fantastic meeting today with Alex, the summer student social media person at Clinic 554. He is wonderful, knowledgable and full of ideas and energy. He will be helping me spread the word about our event on the 9th. I am really so grateful to be making such king and caring new friends and acquaintances as a direct result of my PhD research.

Hope to see you at the event if you are in Fredericton next month!

UNB Powwow & plans for Clinic 554 fundraiser

Yesterday afternoon I attended the University of New Brunswick’s 3rd Annual Powwow. It was a powerful afternoon of dancing for my mother, my two children, my niece and me. We had the privilege of witnessing:

-Women’s Northern Traditional
-Men’s Grass Dance
-Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance
-Women’s Jingle Dance

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Also, near the end, there was a special request from the family of Jade Sabattis. After the traditional dances, a dance was performed in honour of the beautiful young woman from the Oromocto First Nation who died on March 10th. The Sabattis family is calling on police to do a more thorough investigation into Jade’s death as the family (and others) believe the circumstances to be suspicious.

After the dance, the family stayed at the front and everyone present at the powwow were invited to share love and support with the family. It was incredibly moving, and I truly hope that the Sabattis family get the investigation and they, and Jade, deserve..

Please listen to this CBC event. This special edition of The Current is a public forum held at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. — the fifth in a series of MMIWG public forums. Anna Maria and panellists explore the work of the National Inquiry into MMIWG, leadership and reconciliation.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-4-mmiwg-ottawa-public-forum-1.4053431

Read this:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/living-in-fear-of-being-written-off-as-another-high-risk-aboriginal-woman/article23461886/

 

I want to sent a little thank you out to Aly Tomah of Eastern Wolf Creations for these beautiful earrings which my mother purchased for me as a gift from the Powwow. They are stunning – and I feel very proud to own them. Please check out Tomah’s work on FB.

 

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Getting ready for the GAG’s first fundraiser pub night! Check out the bunting so far…

More details to come next week, but save the date of May 9th if you live any where near Fredericton! I’ve been sewing up a storm and we are going to start carving the stencils next week!

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