Coal Comforts at the Forward Union Fair

The Coal Comforts cart traveled to Manhattan for the 2017 Forward Union fair, December 2-3rd, an art and activism fair with two days of workshops, performances and talks. The resistance is thrumming with passion and creativity and it was a thrill to be a part of the fair.


"Marked Urgent" in the Observer and Huffington Post

Ground Floor Gallery's pop-up show benefiting the Committee to Protect Journalists got some terrific press over the weekend! The piece I made for the show, "Editorialized," is featured in the coverage.

From the Observer:

While the call stated that artists could submit existing works and works in-progress, some, like New York-based artist Spencer Merolla, took the opportunity to make something entirely new and different. Merolla’s cut and sewn copy of the New York Times features a big black swatch of fabric in place of the paper’s main image, adorned with antique lace and hanging thread. The artist describes the piece as “my editorializing—the emotional experience of reading the day’s news grafted back on to the paper itself.” Add to this the fact that the Times has frequently been the subject of President Trump’s negative commentary about the media.

Read the Huffington Post piece here and the full text of the Observer article here.  Thanks to Ground Floor co-founders Krista Saunders Scenna and Jill Benson for putting this show together!

Material Remains at the Invisible Dog's Glass House

Looking forward to my solo show opening March 4th at the Invisible Dog's Glass House! 51 Bergen Street, just off the Bergen Street F/G stop. Opening reception is from 6-10 pm, and the show will run through April 15th. [Edit: extended to run through April 22nd, with closing reception from 5-7pm and artist talk at 6]


Sentimental Ornamentation at Fed Galleries, Kendall College of Art and Design

Curated by Michele Bosak, Sentimental Ornamentation brings together historical artifacts of Victorian mourning and contemporary art and design that draws in some way from those objects and customs. I'm honored to have several funeral clothes and hair pieces included alongside works by Elizabeth HeyertNene HumphreyAnya KivarkisYuni Kim LangTim PowersJonathan WahlMarcel Wanders, and Renée Zettle-Sterling

Among my favorites are several small plaques that appear to be intarsia woodwork, but are made with hair, arranged to resemble the faceted surface of gemstones — a clever reference to mourning jewelry made of hair[...]This reconsideration of its place as precious object or art object make these pieces of particular interest in this exhibit.
— Tamara Helen, cultured.GR

Through April 8th, more information here

Mourning the Presidency: A Mock Funeral for President's Day

Rise and Resist and Gays Against Guns NYC put together a protest this past weekend in the style of a New Orleans funeral, complete with jazz band and coffin symbolizing the death of the American presidency as we know it (and calling for its resurrection). Rousing speeches and hymns led by GAG Reflex kicked off our march to Union Square. It was a joy to participate alongside so many seasoned activists with such a compelling creative vision for resistance. Plus I got to take a selfie with Abe Lincoln! More photos and reporting here.

photo credit: Alice Teeple via Instagram

photo credit: Alice Teeple via Instagram

Wonderland III at the Invisible Dog Art Center

This show is such a fabulous and varied group of artists I'm over the moon to have my work included! It's up through December 30th at the Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street. There are amazing pieces at all price points. 

Here are some images from the opening, shot by Maria Baranova

With work by: Douglas Adesko, Matilde Alessandra, Vanessa Belli, Connie Bree, Guillaume Bresson, Tegan Brozyna, Jon Burgerman, Halsey Chait, Timothy Corbett, Andrea DeFelice, Digby and Iona, Lars van Dooren, Shannon Finnegan, Ryan Frank, Camille de Galbert, Crystal Gregory, Michael Hili, Oliver Jeffers, Caitlin Masley, Spencer Merolla, Anne Mourier, Dara Oshin, Mac Premo, Patrick Reynolds, Rachel Selekman, William Suran, Ian Trask, Peter Treiber, Nikita Vishnevskiy, Kevin Waldron and Alexa Williams

Unbroken Benefit Raises $8,000 for the ACLU

With the glass ceiling unbroken and the bottom fallen out in the days after the election, studio mates Traci Talasco, Megan Piontkowski, and I put together a little show of election-themed artwork as a benefit for the ACLU. I was so heartened by the generous outpouring of support, both to pull off the event at such short notice and also to make it a successful benefit. Overall we sold just over $4,000 worth of artwork, which was matched dollar for dollar. Thanks to all who donated work, bid, baked cookies, watched the door, painted, patched and otherwise contributed to the effort! 

Participating artists included Natty Bumpercar, Hollie Chastain, Annie Coggan, Jackie Duval Smith, Cecile Dyer, Carl Ferrero, Sonya Gropman, Iviva Olenick, Sara Jones, Matt Keegan, Katherine Keltner, Branden Koch, Stephanie Land, Kakyoung Lee, Christina Martinelli, Spencer Merolla, Ellen Moses, Kirsten Nelson, Laura Nova, Tinuade Oyelowo, Sarah Nicole Phillips, Megan Piontkowski, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Audrey Ryan, Toni Serratelli, Devika Sen, Elissa Swanger, Traci Talasco, Libby Vanderploeg, Nathan Vincent and Ward Yoshimoto

Now Be Here

On October 23rd I was thrilled to join hundreds of other women-identified artists at the Brooklyn Museum for the second of Kim Schoenstadt's photograph series, "Now Be Here." It was organized by Shinique Smith. 

Here is the portrait. It was a great morning!

Now   Be   Here   #2, NYC, 2016, Photo: Paola Kudacki, Courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Shinique Smith, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. 

Now Be Here #2, NYC, 2016, Photo: Paola Kudacki, Courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Shinique Smith, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. 

STUFF(ed) at Sweet Lorraine Gallery

On the border of Red Hook and Gowanus, more than a hundred art studios and the Sweet Lorraine Gallery hide out on the third floor of a self-storage building. As part of Gowanus Open Studios, Katherine Keltner has curated an exhibition in that gallery focused on archiving as art and making work from the stuff that surrounds us all.

I'm happy to have a piece (pictured below) in the show, alongside Gerard Barbot, Annie Coggan, Sean Gallagher, Crystal Gregory, Sally Lesser, Elizabeth Meggs, Megan Piontkowski, Barry Rust, A.V. Ryan, Syma, Alexa Williams and Ward Yoshimoto. Open during Open Studios (October 15th-16th from noon-6pm) and by appointment.

(Press release)

One Day, 2016 Heirloom wedding dresses, thread

One Day, 2016
Heirloom wedding dresses, thread

Garbagekammer on Artnet

Hopefully you had a chance to catch "The Keeper" at the New Museum before it came down last month. Inspired by the show, I shared my "Garbagekammer" (a "wunderkammer" of discarded objects found in my backyard) with the New Museum on Instagram, and it was featured in their series. Artnet included it in a write-up about the campaign.

Garbagekammer, 2016

Garbagekammer, 2016

Medium: Black at Rush

I just finished installing my piece for Medium: Black at Rush (526 West 26th Street), curated by Charlotte Mouquin. The show brings together diverse works made using only the color (or non-color, if you prefer) black. It will be the first showing of a piece from the Funeral Clothes Project. 

I'm honored to be showing alongside Charlotte Becket, Dominique Duroseau, Parris Jaru, Gabriel J. Shuldiner, Stan Squirewell, Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, LeRone Wilson.

Opening reception is Thursday April 14th 6-8pm.

This exhibition will include an artist discussion (in which I'll be participating) April 30th at 4pm. There will also be a discussion of ancient art techniques and pigments with Parris Jaru and LeRone Wilson and a film screening of “A Trail of Pigments” a documentary film by Kiritin Beyer on a search for natural pigments in India, on Saturday May 7th at 2pm. The show will run through May 20th.

Here is the press release.

More Beyond at Brick + Mortar Gallery, Easton, PA

My hairwork is headed off to Pennsylvania for the show More Beyond at Brick + Mortar Gallery in Easton, PA. Curated by artist Rebecca Reeves, the show opens April 2nd and will run through May 7th

Please join me and the other exhibiting artists for the opening reception, Saturday, April 2nd, from 6-9 pm. The gallery address is 8 Centre Square in Easton.


Introductions featured in Two Coats of Paint

From Sharon Butler's review of Introductions 2016 in Two Coats of Paint:

When viewing big group shows of unfamiliar artists, I always find something to like. But at “Introductions 2016,” an exhibition of fifty artists at Trestle Projects, I liked nearly everything. Apparently guest curator Jim Osmana gifted artist a well as director of the Foundations Program at The New School, and I have a similar aesthetic. For both of us, materials carry meaning. In addition to appreciating their quirky uses, Osman likes a little humor, odd sculptural objects, and enigmatic, thoughtfully-crafted paintings and photographs... 

I strongly recommend a trip to Gowanus. I predict we'll be seeing a lot more from the artists in this agreeable group in the next few years. 

I'm delighted to have a piece included in this show with such a strong cadre of artists. Introductions 2016 is on view through February 12th at Trestle Gallery, 168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.