Making Ripples in the Deep End Viewing Room
Deep Dive Art Projects partnered with Abattoir Gallery in 2021 to publish two soft-ground etchings by internationally-known artist and curator Michelle Grabner, connecting to a new series of paintings shown at the gallery last June. The limited editions evoke a sense of nostalgia and surface memory and expand upon the craft and intimate gestures of the related oil and enamel paintings on linen. Deep Dive and Abattoir join to present a special exhibition of the small works, along with the debut of the newly-published prints, on Friday, March 18, at the Deep End.
Opening April 1 for National Poetry Month, Deep Dive Art Projects and Michael Loderstedt, director of Photocentric, join forces to present SNAP, a collection of unique anonymous photographs paired with ekphrastic poems written by some of northeast Ohio’s best writers. A poetry reading co-sponsored by Deep Dive Art Projects and Photocentric will be presented on Friday, May 6, at Blue Windmill on Waterloo Road.
In one day of freedom, I fell hard
for the earth. A singular journey
inhabited in a girl as alive
as the sun. That day, she & I
rode the sky as one, in a gown
of heat & light, with small five-pointed
versions of my kin affixed in a crown
radiating warmth across lands
as ancient as my home. In some ways,
her body, & that of the earth, are not
unlike mine — a container
of molecules meant to shine,
with a shell she called skin & I called
the closest thing to breathing.
She gifted me her smile, luminous
as the age of my birth, when gravity
collapsed at my center, fusing hydrogen
with helium, a source of life I will share
with the dark until my final cooling.
At the day’s end, the girl asked
to go with me, to see for herself
the story of our stars, to find reason
for her existence. There is no need,
I said, as I pressed my soft light against
hers, waking the scatter of stories
magnificent in their glow.
–– Shei Sanchez
Shei Sanchez is a Filipina-American writer, photographer, and teacher from Jersey City, New Jersey. Her pieces have appeared in Sheila-Na-Gig online, Gyroscope Review, Sepia Journal and Dissonance Magazine. She lives with her partner on a farm in Appalachian Ohio.
KATE SNOW: JOURNAL| FEBRUARY 4–MARCH 12
MICHELLE GRABNER: NEW EDITION | MARCH 18–MARCH 26
SNAP | APRIL 1–MAY 22
POETRY READING AT BLUE WINDMILL (ACROSS THE STREET) 6-7:30PM FRIDAY, MAY 6
DEEP DIVE ART PROJECTS
at The Deep End
423 East 156th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44119
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