Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Upcoming Show

Life Blood Exhibit will be coming to Gallery Visio at University of Missouri - St. Louis! This show will include a selection of works by the original core artists along with the 5 new artists and some University of Missouri - St. Louis student works. Mark your calendars; more details will be forthcoming.

Life Blood Exhibit
Feb. 24 - March 24, 2011
Traveling exhibition featuring works from a variety of St. Louis and UMSL artists depicting the personal journey through womanhood.
Gallery Visio
170 Millenium Student Center
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Janiece Senn - More New Artwork

Here is a picture of Janiece Senn's newest piece Legacy (With All That I Am). This piece is the culmination of much of the soul searching evident in Senn's other works for Life Blood Exhibit and I am honored to include it among them.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Janiece Senn - Artist's Statement

In exploring the theme “Lifeʼs Blood” it had so many meanings and connections that my collective works might seem to jump around a bit.

First and foremost is the connection of being a mother. Only women have periods and being a woman for me, in my set of experiences meant that I had to bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, cut the grass, repair broken toys and hearts and cars and homes, on my own. My daughters father left us with no form of support and I for most of my life worked several jobs at a time, many of them hard labor so as to make more per hour but still having to work an extra 20 hrs a week bar tending or waiting tables to do it on my own. I say on my own but my mother helped me with watching my daughter a lot and all the other things associated with raising children, i.e. food, clothing, stability. The problem with that is that she always held it against me as a failure. Even as I put myself through school and worked 60 hr/week and won several scholarships, I was still a failure at being a mother, and in many ways I agree with her. There were many days I saw my daughter an hour in the morning and that was it. Ultimately I failed big time for many years of her life not being able to be “it all” and falling into depression and substance abuse. But she remained my gravity and it was for love of her alone that I pulled myself out of it. My daughter doesn't think I failed so bad but children are very forgiving.

Another aspect to me is related to the first aspect “a womanʼs work is never done”. It's about being plugged into a machine I have no control of and can't detach from. I don't feel I'm alone in my generation to feel this either. I think it is sort of a trend that developed with woman's liberation and women in the work force but still having to maintain all of the household chores from before. It took a few decades for women to start pushing back on that and insisting men start cooking, cleaning and actually raising children. I think men are more and more enjoying being involved in those day to day things that strengthen the bonds between them and their children and feel that this is a good thing.

The final and much more depressing aspect that Lifeʼs Blood invoked in me was for the first time ever to deal with my experiences as a child survivor of sexual, emotional and physical abuse from my father, through my art. I intentionally never allowed him into that place so sacred to me as it served as the door he couldnʼt force open or make ugly and I felt some power in keeping him away. I am a much better person than he could ever have ruined though and Iʼm not afraid of him any more. Scarred yes, but as odd as I know it sounds to some, I am proud of those scars because Iʼve overcome so much and can still love. I choose to believe that everything, including that, happens for a reason and I have chosen that reason to be making me a stronger better person. I believe this because to just believe I was unlucky gives me nothing to grow and heal from. I can even find a tiny touch of forgiveness for him if I look at the soul purpose of his life was to make mine hell so that my soul could learn to forgive even the worst of crimes and to allow each other to fail and be human. I have gotten pretty good at forgiving others their trespasses, but not yet attained the nirvana of self-forgiveness. Maybe I can find some of that too in my further examination of “Lifeʼs Blood”

In conclusion Iʼd like to thank Jennifer Weigel for her friendship and support and for letting me butt in on this project that captured my imagination.

Here are some images of Janiece Senn's work.

Janiece Senn - Artwork Preview

Family Secrets

Dear God, I really need a baby monkey. Amen

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Here is a preview of some works that Janiece Senn has made in response to the theme of the show. These pieces reflect on Senn's history and experience as a woman to "bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, cut the grass, repair broken toys and hearts and cars and homes, on my own."

Please be sure to check out Janiece Senn's artist's statement.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Catalogs Available

Catalogs of the core group are still available after the Grand Opening. Please feel free to contact Jennifer Weigel through her web page for pricing and shipping info.

Or, perhaps more conveniently, catalogs are also available online through Framations in St. Charles.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

More Artists

Life Blood Exhibit welcomes more St. Louis artists.

Dail Chambers
Virginia Dragschutz
Connie LaFlam
Janiece Senn
Jeane Vogel

Grand Opening Photos

Here are some more images from the Grand Opening including more overall photos and some early reception shots.

Grand Opening Photos

Here are some overall shots from the Grand Opening exhibition.

Grand Opening

Life Blood Exhibit
invitational group show organized by myself
STLCC-Florissant-Valley Art Gallery
3400 Pershall Rd., Florissant, MO
June 7 - July 1, 2010
reception: Thursday, June 10, 6 - 8 PM

After the preview party at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, this is the first showing of the exhibition in its entirety and catalogs from the show will be offered for a suggested donation of $5.

Artworks featured (from right to left):
Perimenopause from Metamorphosis by Barbara Merlotti
Maiden's Delight by Pat Owoc
Fibroid Embolization: Uterine TNT by Marsha Heck

Preview Party Photos

Here are some more images from the Preview Party event. These images include reception shots and photos of Blossom, an altered dress, and Menstrual Hut, Why Have a Show About Menstruation?, an installation, both by Jennifer Weigel.

Preview Party Photos

Here are some overall shots of the Preview Party as installed.

Preview Party

Preview Party Kickoff!
Friday, April 9, 2010, 7 – 10 PM
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
3151 Cherokee St.
Life Blood Exhibit is proud to be part of beverlyear at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts. This one-night-only event will include a small sampling of works by several artists in the exhibition, a bathroom installation by Jennifer Weigel and a silent auction including artworks by local artists, a Luna Pads intro kit & two certificates towards The Keeper menstrual cup products.

Show card artwork: detail by Evie Shucart.

Core Artists

Here is a list of the core group of artists who started the exhibition. These artists are represented in the catalog and were featured in the Preview Party at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts and the grand opening at the St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Contemporary Art Gallery. To learn more about their approaches, read their statements and see some examples of their works, please visit the Life Blood Exhibit website.

Lisa Becker
Danielle Correll
Annette Crymes
Marsha Heck
Christine Ilewski
Aunia Kahn
Arlene Ligori
Barbara Merlotti
Janice Nesser
Pat Owoc
Roxanne Phillips
Evie Shucart
Jennifer Weigel

About This Blog

This blog has been created as a record of exhibitions and events and to post current news for Life Blood Exhibit. Today, I will be posting some information and images on past exhibitions to document those events. More information will be posted on upcoming and future events as it becomes available.