Special thanks to Lane McClelland, Maureen Flint, my colleagues Teresa Cribelli, Steve Bunker, John Beeler, Hilary Green, Stefanie and Mark Fishel, Steve Bunker and an unnamed colleague, as well as all of the students and staff who showed up to breathe with us. The staff at Ferguson Center is amazing. Thank you for everything!
PS Here are the statements that accompanied the art:
Much of my research is tied to rethinking the human animal and its connection to the nonhuman animal. I muse theoretically about our contaminated, chimeric and hybrid natures so it was an easy step to create art that unsettles our notions of what (or who) fits together. A little gold spray paint—and voila! Objet d’art. – Stefanie Fishel, Assistant Professor, Gender and Race Studies
My work often finds me thinking about stories that unveil the complexities of the human spirit. My teaching, research, service and work on paper and found wood are informed by the across time tensions between repression and possibility. Biography and autobiography, too, figures into my artistic process. Among the works presented today is a piece gesturing toward my interest in Florida, my home state, as a site for resistance and possibility for oppressed people. Area code 305 rocks! – Sharony Green, Assistant Professor, History
We are Stardust, we are Golden
And we’ve got to get back to the Garden
My collages are made from images from vintage books and ephemera that call to me, be they colors, shapes, textures, gestures. Through this process of deconstructing and rearranging, I remind myself that we are all the stuff of stars, we all come from the same point of origin. The outer forms of our identities, bodies, ideas, and actions emerge from the same matter, the same substance. And, as unlikely as it may seem when looking at the goings-on of the outer world today, we are in a process of remembering our inter-connectedness, our oneness. We are all part of All-That-Is. No part of us is cut off from the other. No part of us is un-loveable, or unimportant. We are Love. By juxtaposing stars and ocean waves, machinery wires and earth, skin and feathers, bone and sky, my collages are a meditation on our star-stuff, our oneness, our interconnectedness. – Teresa Cribelli, Assistant Professor, History
As an historian my teaching and research includes authoritarian regimes in the twentieth century in Latin America and around the world. Their discursive strategies–the language they use–to confuse and cow a population, always fascinate and horrify me as much as the manner in which these governments use State institutions and State force to destroy civil society and a free and open public space. And so, at times when you see the same patterns and strategies forming and employed at home, you do what you can to warn and resist. But you always have to maintain your own sanity and find happiness in the world. Few things do this for me more than a bourbon with a good friend. Salud! – Steve Bunker, Associate Professor of History