Participants from left to right: Claudia Bucher, Heidi Rebsamen, Laura Laeser,
Hilda Weiss, Othella Dallas, Blerta Berisha, Abilasa Leuenberger and Verena Haller
SPARE RIB REVISITED, 2016 to present
Chicago selects one artist to go to the City of Lucerne in Switzerland every year and I was fortunate to be selected in 2016. It is supported by the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities. I proposed to interview eight women from the ages of 20 to 100. I interviewed the women from June to July 2016, wrote poetry and I’m working on an extensive body of artwork that expands on the poetry. I recently returned to Lucerne on June 13, 2018 and performed the poetry for the participants and their families. This was a magical experience to weave people, poetry and place together expanding the notion of intimacy between strangers.
In 2017, I was invited to go to Liverpool, U.K. to create the project and received an invitation to create the project in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2018 supported by Creative Scotland. For current updates on this project please visit: https://spareribrevisited.tumblr.com/
I was inspired to do this project after Barack Obama invited three UN Delegates to come to the US to investigate the quality of life for women in America. They presented their findings in the spring of 2016 and their findings were grim. They discussed the lack of childcare provision, healthcare and wage equality for women in America impacting a heightened rate of poverty in the female population compared to our European counterparts. Having moved from London, UK to Chicago, USA I am highly aware of the economic impact. My hope is to be supported to develop this project in five cities and culminate the work in an operatic/vocal performance.
This project was kindly supported by the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities.