Gathering Me’s: Moments of Decision


“Inanna placed the shugarra, the crown of the steppe, on her head…Inanna set out by herself.”
Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg12

Imagine who you could be if no told you that you can’t. Imagine what you could be if you were really charged up. Then start moving that way. I make it sound really easy right…It’s not. But it is possible. It starts with a choice.

I want to see more variety in the examples of womanhood presented to black and brown people. We are catalysts, decision makers, holders of authority and autonomy. Part of my interest in mythology comes from a need to explore female archetypes that are untethered from struggle, respectability politics and expectations. I want the freedom to be equally glorious and fucking flawed.

The only thing necessary for Queen-ship is the decision to be a queen. Everything you need is available to you in the moment of decision. The world is yours, if you want it.

I’m an doing a show. Find out more information here.


Mood Music at the bottom.

“To my daughter, Inanna, I shall give truth!…Inanna replied, I take them!”
“Then Inanna, standing before her father, acknowledged the me Enki had given her”
Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg14-16

“Then more me appeared – more me than Enki had given Inanna”

“Inanna brought the me:
She brought the placing of the garment on the ground.
She brought allure.
She brought the art of women.
She brought the perfect execution of the me.”
Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg26

The Me*: The Perceptive Ear | The Power of Attention | The Making of Decisions | The Placing of the Garment | Allure | The Art of Women | The Perfect Execution

*There are a lot of them but these are my faves.

December 2020: Tiny Show | Localized

Make sure to check out these two shows. I’m blessed to be showing work in both. “Localized” celebrates Indy’s 200 year anniversary. And Tiny show is an Indianapolis tradition that is continuing online this year. More information about both shows below.

Click here to view the exhibit.

LOCALIZED: GARFIELD PARK ARTISTS CELEBRATE INDY’S BICENTENNIAL 
Curated by a committee of neighborhood artists in collaboration with the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car, this exhibition will feature artwork in a variety of mediums by local artists that reside in Garfield Park. The pieces aim to celebrate Indianapolis’ Bicentennial through the lens of these artists by exploring history, culture, and the environment of Indianapolis and Garfield Park, Indianapolis’ oldest park. Furthermore, artists will reflect on 2020 current affairs including the pandemic and protests. Artwork will be displayed online on the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car’s websites.
For the best viewing experience, please view the exhibit on a computer.
http://www.gpacarts.org/online-exhibitions

Click here to view “Tiny” show

TINY – December 4, 2020-January 8, 2021 – Even though the popular annual show is going virtual this year, we’re still making a big deal about TINY 2020. You can shop for original art created by past and present TINY artists at the new Art Center Marketplace hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center. Support artists throughout Central Indiana, while adding to your own art collection or buying unique holiday gifts for friends and family. #IndyKeepsCreating. TINY 2020 is in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Gallery 924.
https://artcentermarket.com/product-category/tiny/

Localized: Garfield Park Artists Celebrate Indy’s Bicentennial

I’m honored to be participating in this show.

Curated by a committee of neighborhood artists in collaboration with the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car, this exhibition will feature artwork in a variety of mediums by local artists that reside in Garfield Park. The pieces aim to celebrate Indianapolis’ Bicentennial through the lens of these artists by exploring history, culture, and the environment of Indianapolis and Garfield Park, Indianapolis’ oldest park. Furthermore, artists will reflect on 2020 current affairs including the pandemic and protests. Artwork will be displayed in two galleries across the neighborhood: Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car’s Tube Factory artspace.

Live music will be provided by:
The O’Boyz’
With Special guest
Keith Beatty (https://www.keithbeattymusic.com/)
Join us (virtually) for some local music and local art!

More information at the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/769900190454005

http://www.gpacarts.org/upcoming

SHOP VIP

This weekend I am honored to be participating in “SHOP VIP,” a unique art and gift show provided by local artists and entrepreneurs. I will be attending both the Friday and Saturday sessions with a selection of original art and reproductions. Come mix and mingle in an upscale setting on Friday and then swing by on Saturday for the outdoor vendors.

November 6 from 4-8 pm & November 7, 2020 from 9-4 pm
​VIP Center for Business Women
3755 N Washington Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46205, IN
Indianapolis, IN

​Tickets start at 10.00

For more information visit the VIP Center for Business Women here: https://www.vipcenter.works/shopvip

See and Be Seen

The closing reception for this show is tomorrow, 9/25/2020 from 5-8pm at Lost Dog Gallery located at 1040 E New York St 46202. Come by and see the show.

Masks are required. We will be at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Safety first.

I will be there around 6 to meet the other artists and chat.

Here are a few reviews.

• @jaditmire “Waiting to be Seen”. New photography from Darrell Staggs Photography paired w local artists take on a photo.  Clever and a delight to see Lost Dog Gallery #indykeepscreating
Sept 3, 2020

Candid and contemporary reflection by Molly Dykstra of @darrellstaggsphotography photo.  His new show Waiting To Be Seen pairs his photos w local artists take on  the image.  Diverse and creative work by all @lostdoggallery #indykeepscreating
Sept 3, 2020

 • @jaditmire Jill A. Ditmire Creative collaboration between Darrell Staggs Photography and local artists like Corey J. Mills.  @darrellstaggsphotography photo on left and Coreys abstract interpretation of it on right.  Opening night @lostdoggallery
Sept 3, 2020

@jaditmire Safe and successful re-opening show tonight @lostdoggallery “Waiting To Be Seen” @darrellstaggsphotography His photos paired w local artists interpretations of specific photos. Clever!!! Funshow to see. Closing reception Sept 25 #indykeepscreating
Sept 3, 2020

“I really enjoyed your photography show.  Having other artists take off on your abstractions had some surprises, because some of your photos were more abstract than others.  It is interesting to me to see how artists  are concerned with the abstract forms found in everyday life whether they are depicting  landscapes, still lifes or portraits.  Perhaps seeing the Hopper show at the  IMA made me even more interested in forms found in art work.  Your interest in using the camera to making photos that depict the reality of life in  totally  geometric lines and forms through camera adjustment of speed, exposure time, and lens opening rather than later development alterations is very unusual.  “
Holliday T. Day, retired senior curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Here’s another review by Jill Ditmire:


Lost Dog Gallery hosted a safe and successful “ re-opening” on Thursday night featuring work from local photographer Darrell Staggs   The retired engineer created his show “Waiting To Be Seen” by sharing one of his photos w a handful of local artists asking each to paint their take on the work.  The task was much more difficult than one might think.  Many artists including Corey Mills went thru multiple canvases before coming up w a final painting.  Amy Ward  offered a 2D-3D take on an abstract auto photo by painting a racing helmet but making it into a gumball machine.  Molly Dykstra weaves the faces of Black Lives Matter into her peaceful and poignant interpretation of Staggs’ floral photo.   It’s a clever concept and suits the contemporary bent of Lost Dog- one of Indys new and exciting art studios and gallery.  Appointments to see daily plus a closing night reception on the 25th. #curiousmixThursday  #indykeepscreating
Jill Ditmire, 7-September  Facebook

Waiting To Be Seen – September 2020

Somewhere, something incredible is… Waiting To Be Seen.
A conceptual art exhibit featuring 17 diverse Indiana artists displaying their visions of selected artworks of photography by experimental photographer Darrell Staggs. Coming in September to Lost Dog Gallery in Indianapolis.

I am so incredibly excited about this show. I can’t wait to see all the different work that will be displayed. I will be attending the Saturday reception, so definitely stop by and have a chat. Or check us out on one of our other dates.

Collector’s Night | Thursday, 3-September | 6-9pm
Saturday Reception | 12-September | 12-3pm
Closing Reception | Friday, 25-September | 5-8pm
Masks Required — RSVP below.

“It’s not what you Look at that matters, it’s what you See.”
– Henry David Thoreau

#WaitingToBeSeen #IndyKeepsCreating #indyartscene #IndyArtists

Each artist has selected a photographic image, some “predictable” and some ‘abstract/surreal”, and are replicating what they “See” in their own personal style and medium. It’s learning about Art and how Art works.
Artists: Kylin Brown – Lacy Pearson – JD Bills – Amy Ward – Gary Lynn – Molly Dykstra – Susie Blackmore – Brinton Farrand – Bryan Bromstrup – Lynne Medsker – Kristy Quinn – Cierra Johnson – Jerry Points – Corey J Mills – Linda Wesolowski – Garth Gathers – Jessica Hancock

To see a sneak peek of the show visit:
https://www.darrellstaggsphotography.com/

Updated Show Schedule

Super blessed to have new opportunities to show my work. All these dates are subject to move or change due to Coronavirus. Safety first. More details coming soon.

Waiting To Be Seen | September 2020 | Lost Dog Gallery ~ Indpls, IN 

Monument Circle Art Fair | October 2020 |Monument Circle ~ Indpls, IN

Small Diaries | September 2021| Zhou B Art Center ~ Chicago, IL