(MADISON, WI) Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL) presents The Seven Strengths by Rhea Ewing, on view from November 5 though December 3. This new series of mixed-media works explores “seven concepts essential to [the artist’s] survival as a queer person in modern society.”
In addition to the exhibition, Ewing will hold a workshop entitled Coloring for Resiliency on November 20. Participants of all ages will be invited to create their own vision of what it means to be a strong and resilient human being. After a short group activity, participants will be given art supplies, blank paper, and pages from “Seven Strengths: A Coloring and Activity Book for Resiliency” to meditate on themes of compassion, joy, and connection.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 5, 4-6pm (FREE). The Coloring for Resiliency workshop will be held on Sunday, November 20, 1:30-3:00pm (FREE).
Human beings like to make connections. I believe we are mythmakers, storytellers, masters of seeing the similar.
The Seven Strengths series is an exploration of seven concepts essential to my survival as a queer person in modern society. The series is a conversation between myself and the natural world as I examine different ways of coexisting and thriving under pressure. From the way tidal creatures adapt to a constantly changing environment to the surprising family lives of insects, I draw connections between my own tools for survival and the evolutionary adaptations of plants and animals.
Viewers are invited to contemplate their own adaptations, strengths, and communities through meditative coloring pages and creative prompts left throughout the space. These conversations are vital in a time when both the natural world and many marginalized identities are threatened.
Rhea Ewing is a Madison-based artist and an alumnus of UW-Baraboo/Sauk and UW-Madison. A transplant to the Midwest, Rhea calls Wisconsin “the first place that felt like home” and tries to capture that sense of place in their work. Rhea also calls upon the personal and political themes of living with a queer identity in the Midwest, finding spiritual connections to the natural world, and building safe spaces for all people. The value of art, by their reasoning, is the ability to create connections, question assumptions, and inspire others to do the same.
More about Rhea’s work can be found at RheaEwing.com
ABOUT ARTS + LITERATURE LABORATORY
Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL) is a nonprofit community art space for visual, literary and performing artists to share their work and create new connections. In addition to the exhibition series, ALL’s programming includes the monthly Watershed Reading Series, write-ins, workshops, lectures, concerts, the smALL Press Library, and more.