Eagle Heights Workshops

Madison, WI/July 2010

After our big first show, “Welcome to Motherland”, the group from the Spring 2010 workshops was on such a high that we wanted to work together again before I returned to Toronto.  One of the participants, Nina Laubach, lives in the Eagle Heights Community, which is part of the University of Wisconsin Student and Faculty Apartments.  She also belongs to their amazing community gardens, which are the biggest organic community gardens in the United States. Building on the momentum of our group, we invited women from this international community to join us in a new investigation about food and motherhood and to see where it would lead us.  Over five weeks, twenty-seven women from ten different countries explored the relationship between food and the expectations of us as mothers in our various cultures through cyanotypes on fabric (a photographic process) and writing.  Our work culminated in Good Eater, a site-specific installation in the community gardens arbor, and we celebrated together at the end with a community potluck opening.

Lead Artist: Mindy Stricke

Assistant Director: Nina Laubach

Participants: Young Ae Choi, Angie Clos, Zulema Cruz, Patricia Cuevas, Manisha Dinesh, Kelly Edlefson, Lynn Edlefson, MacKenzie Farrell, Jordana Jacobs, Jane Jones, Belle Li, Yanhui Li, Yuan Yuan Liu, Chae Heon Lee, Cynthia Lule, Megan Monday, Cissy Ondama, Letitia Solomon, Pa Thao, Brijetta Waller, Qiuyue Wang, Xia Zhang, Haiying Zhang, Yulan Zhang, Mei Zhu

Filmmaker and Documentation: Brijetta Waller/Metta Productions, Jason Butler

Sponsors and Partners: University of Wisconsin Office of Child Care and Family Resources, Division of University Housing, University Apartments Assembly, The Sewing Machine Project, and the Eagle Heights Community Gardens.

Artwork:  Good Eater

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