Homecoming : Meet the Artists

Homecoming is about embracing and celebrating where we're at - right now - and finding ways to tell truths about the reality of home in hopes of a better future. It's about being unafraid to excavate where we're from and having the courage to return. Homecoming is a parade, a dance, a smear of oil paint on glass, an homage to the past, and a bubbly toast to what's to come.

Experience Homecoming through the lens of 14 artists from our home, Tacoma on April 19th, 2018.

neighbors

tiffanny hammonds and lourdes jackson

Glass, collage photographs, and paint within a wood frame

When you think of home, most think of four walls they can return to. The scents, memories, aesthetics and personality captured in a place which is a part of your identity.  Home for some is a combination of cardboard boxes and plastic bags, home is the Safeway cart missing the label containing the last photos you have that remind you of your identity, home is a wet comforter in the doorway of a building after hours, the sidewalk after walking all day. Home for some is shelters; the forest underneath the highways and byways. Home is where you return, because the Tacoma police department has yet to raid it. Home is where you walk with your head down and avoid stepping on used needles 'cause your shoes are wearing. Residency is what many find in the streets, so I don’t think there is anything such as homelessness, anyone can have a home, where ever you go. But not everyone has the privilege to have a home inside a house.

  Tiffanny Hammonds  is an Oakland Born and Hilltop Tacoma raised artist, who creates to provide a space for the voiceless to speak. Willing to make uncomfortable topics into something reflective. Her work can be found here.

Tiffanny Hammonds is an Oakland Born and Hilltop Tacoma raised artist, who creates to provide a space for the voiceless to speak. Willing to make uncomfortable topics into something reflective. Her work can be found here.

  Lourdes Jackson  has been drawing since the age of five. At the age of 19, Lourdes entered a Washington State Correctional Facility where he spent two prison terms and honed his craft drawing family portraits for fellow inmates. He is now free and residing in Tacoma, where he is a full time artist and father. His work can be found  here.

Lourdes Jackson has been drawing since the age of five. At the age of 19, Lourdes entered a Washington State Correctional Facility where he spent two prison terms and honed his craft drawing family portraits for fellow inmates. He is now free and residing in Tacoma, where he is a full time artist and father. His work can be found here.

On the Ave of Temporality & Memory

nicole mccarthy and caitlin obom

Video projection and mixed media

Through city streets, this project explores how home can be made and found through ever-shifting time and place.

 

  Nicole McCarthy  is an experimental writer who earned her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell. Her work has appeared in  Glass: a Journal of Poetry ,  The Shallow Ends ,  Dream Pop Press ,  B(o)ink ,  Crab Fat Magazine ,  Ghost Proposal ,  FLAPPERHOUSE ,  Tinderbox Poetry ,  The Fem ,  Memoir Mixtapes,  Civil Coping Mechanism's  A Shadow Map  anthology, and forthcoming in the  2018 Best American Experimental Writing  anthology. In addition to readings and installations around the city, Nicole has also taught creative writing workshops to teens for Tacoma's Write253 youth program. She can be found on Twitter @GarbytheSass and her work can be found at  nicolemccarthypoet.com .

Nicole McCarthy is an experimental writer who earned her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell. Her work has appeared in Glass: a Journal of Poetry, The Shallow Ends, Dream Pop Press, B(o)ink, Crab Fat Magazine, Ghost Proposal, FLAPPERHOUSE, Tinderbox Poetry, The Fem, Memoir Mixtapes, Civil Coping Mechanism's A Shadow Map anthology, and forthcoming in the 2018 Best American Experimental Writing anthology. In addition to readings and installations around the city, Nicole has also taught creative writing workshops to teens for Tacoma's Write253 youth program. She can be found on Twitter @GarbytheSass and her work can be found at nicolemccarthypoet.com.

  Caitlin Obom  is a writer, performer, and videographer from the Seattle area. Her work has been performed at Seattle Fringe Festival, Bumbershoot, and Sketchfest Seattle.

Caitlin Obom is a writer, performer, and videographer from the Seattle area. Her work has been performed at Seattle Fringe Festival, Bumbershoot, and Sketchfest Seattle.

the port

peter berkley and jason heminger

Video projection and mixed audio

The Port is a gentle sensory bath providing users a safe harbor to unplug and recharge. The guided experience relies on natural patterns of light, color, and acoustics to refresh one's home screen.

  Peter Berkley  is a multimedia visual artist whose work has been published and produced in the forms of music videos, album covers, poster art, photo essays, video art, and paintings.

Peter Berkley is a multimedia visual artist whose work has been published and produced in the forms of music videos, album covers, poster art, photo essays, video art, and paintings.

  Jason Heminger  is a musician, painter, and magic maker. You can find him running around Alma Mater with a hammer or yellow sketchpad, depending on the day. 

Jason Heminger is a musician, painter, and magic maker. You can find him running around Alma Mater with a hammer or yellow sketchpad, depending on the day. 

reassembly

lisa fruichantie and christopher paul jordan

Canvas, woven Burmese fabric, spray paint, and acrylic paint on foam core

Woven Burmese fabric and canvas cut and re-sewn using traditional Seminole patchwork design. This project explores the entropy and re-manifestation of our migrating cultural histories. Integrating our personal journeys with textiles and design. We stitch, restitch, join, and break apart physical and emotional fractures in order to transcend and reassemble.

  Lisa Fruichantie  (Seminole/Creek)   was born in Grand Junction, Colorado (1980), and has worked as a fashion designer, stylist, costumer, community organizer, film projectionist, event and festival planner. Raised predominantly on Kenatize land in Alaska, Fruichantie moved to Washington in 1998 and to Tacoma in 2001. Her designs have been featured, vended, or showcased in gallery exhibitions, stages, runway shows and powwows between Alaska, Washington and Oklahoma.

Lisa Fruichantie (Seminole/Creek) was born in Grand Junction, Colorado (1980), and has worked as a fashion designer, stylist, costumer, community organizer, film projectionist, event and festival planner. Raised predominantly on Kenatize land in Alaska, Fruichantie moved to Washington in 1998 and to Tacoma in 2001. Her designs have been featured, vended, or showcased in gallery exhibitions, stages, runway shows and powwows between Alaska, Washington and Oklahoma.

 Born in Tacoma Washington (1990),  Christopher Paul Jorda  n  integrates virtual and physical public space to form infrastructures for dialogue and self-determination among dislocated people. Jordan's paintings and sculptures are artifacts from his work in community and time-capsules for expanded inquiry. Jordan's work has been recognized by the 2017 Neddy Artists Award for painting, the Jon Imber Painting Fellowship, the GTCF Foundation of Art Award, the James W Ray Venture Project Award, and the most recent summer commission for Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park

Born in Tacoma Washington (1990), Christopher Paul Jordan integrates virtual and physical public space to form infrastructures for dialogue and self-determination among dislocated people. Jordan's paintings and sculptures are artifacts from his work in community and time-capsules for expanded inquiry. Jordan's work has been recognized by the 2017 Neddy Artists Award for painting, the Jon Imber Painting Fellowship, the GTCF Foundation of Art Award, the James W Ray Venture Project Award, and the most recent summer commission for Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park

Jack's Epitaph, Part II       

lisa kinoshita, john carlton, and quinn honan

Mixed media and video              

"Jack the Tacoma Bear" was a real-life black bear who lived at the grand Tacoma Hotel in the 1890's. He became known nationwide for his habit of escaping his pen and heading to a local tavern where he would enjoy hoisting a mug of beer with his paws. Beloved by Tacomans, Jack one day wandered into the financial district where he startled a policeman, and was shot. Jack's Epitaph, Part II is about dislocation, loss, the provisional relationship between humans and nature, and the shadow figures that exist at the periphery of memory.

  Lisa Kinoshita  is a Tacoma-based visual artist and independent curator. Her instincts have led her in many directions from collaboration with prison inmates practicing longstanding forms of Western craft, to building steel sculptures that support living canopies of sedum plants using greenroof technology. Kinoshita’s artwork has been shown at Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, Vetri, and other art venues. She is a recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Grant.

Lisa Kinoshita is a Tacoma-based visual artist and independent curator. Her instincts have led her in many directions from collaboration with prison inmates practicing longstanding forms of Western craft, to building steel sculptures that support living canopies of sedum plants using greenroof technology. Kinoshita’s artwork has been shown at Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, Vetri, and other art venues. She is a recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Grant.

Gerald the Giant Marionette

jason holland

Metal, stabilizer fabric, paper, wood, Styrofoam, and acrylic

In 2010, Gerald the Giant was born a 15-foot tall marionette fashioned from paper mache’  and from Jason's desire to give back to his home through public participatory art. GTG has since been reinforced with sturdier materials so that he may be a long-term gift to the citizens of Tacoma.

  Jason Holland  was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He is a painter, sculptor, and multimedia artist. His work has been featured at Art on the Ave, Downtown Tacoma Block Party, First Night, Wayzgoose, and more.

Jason Holland was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He is a painter, sculptor, and multimedia artist. His work has been featured at Art on the Ave, Downtown Tacoma Block Party, First Night, Wayzgoose, and more.

 At the age of six,  Deane 'Dutch' Benninghoven  created 10 Play-Doh figures and got paid 10 bucks. From that day he was determined to be an artist, and since then has found a world of delight in creating all kinds of things. This passion has led him on a circuitous path, working in architectural sculpture, ornamental plaster, monumental sculpture, museum exhibitry, watchmaking, anaplastology, and jewelry. Currently living in Tacoma, WA, Dutch focuses on small scale sculpture and jewelry, as well as automata, oil painting and hand engraving US coins. To see what he is up to right now, check out his Instagram: Dutch Benninghoven.

At the age of six, Deane 'Dutch' Benninghoven created 10 Play-Doh figures and got paid 10 bucks. From that day he was determined to be an artist, and since then has found a world of delight in creating all kinds of things. This passion has led him on a circuitous path, working in architectural sculpture, ornamental plaster, monumental sculpture, museum exhibitry, watchmaking, anaplastology, and jewelry. Currently living in Tacoma, WA, Dutch focuses on small scale sculpture and jewelry, as well as automata, oil painting and hand engraving US coins. To see what he is up to right now, check out his Instagram: Dutch Benninghoven.

constellations

sarah gilbert and megan stelljes

Glass, neon, mirror, and wire

the long walk (home)

ben wildenhaus and ellen ito

Single channel video with performance accompaniment

The Long Walk (Home) utilizes found footage and live performance to traverse the meaning of home, exploring the shifting paradigm of our own sense of place and ever evolving definition of "home."

  Ben Wildenhaus and Ellen Ito  are multimedia artists currently living and working in Tacoma, Washington.

Ben Wildenhaus and Ellen Ito are multimedia artists currently living and working in Tacoma, Washington.

 

Dance a Day

devon urquhart and aaron hartzell

Video projection and mixed media

Dance A Day was started on November 1, 2017, with a one-year commitment to record in reverse a 15-second dance routine. Devon believes there is  meaning in this reversal process: "Not only do I think it makes me look cooler,  but the fact is that the end of something, even a brief dance, is always the beginning of something else—something new in life." You can follow along @devondanceaday.

of infinity

aaron hartzell and devon urquhart

Photograph on back light paper and led lighting

This image of sun light reflecting off of water and sand mirrors the appearance of star fields. It’s intent is to draw a connection between earth and sky and to remind us where the structure of our home and ourselves comes from.

  Devon Urquhart  has been living and working in Washington State for 15 years. Originally from Louisiana, she works in a variety of creative media, including drawing, painting, ceramics and most recently, performance art. She has several small businesses that market ceramics, sculptures, and prints. Her work is sold in multiple  venues, including the PNW and online.

Devon Urquhart has been living and working in Washington State for 15 years. Originally from Louisiana, she works in a variety of creative media, including drawing, painting, ceramics and most recently, performance art. She has several small businesses that market ceramics, sculptures, and prints. Her work is sold in multiple  venues, including the PNW and online.

  Aaron Hartzell  grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he attended the University of Washington in Seattle earning a BFA in photography. His work has been shown in galleries all around the North West including The Blue Sky gallery in Portland, Oregon. For the past several years He has been working as an Instructional Tech for the photo department at Green River college in Auburn, Washington.

Aaron Hartzell grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he attended the University of Washington in Seattle earning a BFA in photography. His work has been shown in galleries all around the North West including The Blue Sky gallery in Portland, Oregon. For the past several years He has been working as an Instructional Tech for the photo department at Green River college in Auburn, Washington.