MAKERS: Christa Ebert, aka Uno Lady

“What more could I possibly ask as an artist than my most precious visions, however rare, sometimes assume the forms of my images.” – Maya Deren   On a frigid day recently, Christa Ebert showed me upstairs to her West Park studio. Among the many effects pedals, microphones, and audio equipment stood a vintage projection screen – the kind of […]

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Nikki Delamotte, 1988-2018

“Those guys are being jerks” – a message from Nikki popped up as I was in the midst of dealing with something that every female writer has to contend with, but was new for me – being trolled and mansplained at the same time. “Well, I guess I’m officially a journalist now!” I said. “Baby’s first empowered white male trolling! […]

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Seeing Myself Through Yayoi Kusama: Like it or Not, the Selfie-Blockbuster is Here

The term blockbuster was probably first used to describe a museum exhibition in 1976, when throngs of visitors patiently waited in line to see the grandiose King Tut exhibition at the National Gallery. The show then toured the country and drew the astounding attendance of eight million people. What followed was a barrage of blockbusters over the years, usually featuring […]

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THE LOCAL COHORT: Local Artists-in-Residence for FRONT International

Back in October, the FRONT International team announced the names of six local artists who would represent Cleveland during the global art triennial. Chosen by curators Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffman (who has since left his role in the wake of sexual harassment charges), these six artists come from a wide spectrum of interests, media, and disciplines: Julie Ezelle Patton […]

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MAKERS: Elizabeth Emery

It’s hard to pin down Elizabeth Emery. She is a printmaker, painter, sculptor, installation artist, gallery owner, feminist, avid cyclist, and podcaster – Emery can’t be reduced to a “category” or descriptor – she is the kind of person that I find endlessly fascinating. She’s also one of only six area artists chosen to participate in the FRONT Triennial this Summer. Emery seems to […]

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MAKERS: Sarah Isenhart

“Sarah Isenhart is interested in transformations. Quiet, nimble – dedicated, but defiant, her needle punctures, rips through the surface – ruptures what was, making what is to come. It is in these careful moments of conversion that objects take on a new life. Acknowledging the tradition of women’s craft, she shadows the conventions of embroidery – meticulously hand-stitching each image, dedicating […]

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