WELCOME

 

Welcome to Bloom, a mixed media exhibit. We built this virtual exhibit like our in-person tours, but we also encourage you to navigate around and customize your path. Scroll through the artwork using the arrows. Click the audio buttons to listen to the artistsScroll down for the exhibit booklet. To take a break, scroll to the bottom and head to our Breathe Room where you can reconnect with your own creativity or breath. 

CURATORIAL NOTE

We are hungry for connection and community. Awakenings welcomes three new artists, AodanSreyash Sarkar, and Marieken Cochius and welcomes back Miguel Barros and Maddie Grotewiel to our gallery in Chicago and virtually on our website. Through paint, fibers, ceramics, and mixed media, each artist connects to themselves and to each other, and plants seeds for community in expressions of tension and release.  

They step into the conversation we need to have around sexual violence. They invite the viewer to consider: How do we understand sexuality both on an individual level and as a society in generalespecially after trauma? What happens if we do not have an understanding or willingness to talk about sex, including consent and sexual violence? How do we begin to understand? 

The impact of trauma on sexuality and sex is specific to each survivor, and, like the artwork here, will look different and can change over time. Bloom’s artists applied these large questions in intimate ways and are nurturing new growth. Viewers are invited to join the artists in this conversation and the growing community.  

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Awakenings Gallery

 

Pinched

Maddie Grotewiel

Remnants of artist’s mother’s dress from her childhood, artist’s great aunt’s yarn and string and thread, found wooden frame, found pillow stuffing, clothespin, wood glue, acrylic paintgouache, staples, nails  

Life has so many sides and shapes I, II, III, IV

Miguel Barros

Mixed Technique on Canvas carved on wood frames 

 

Life has so many sides and shapes I & II

Miguel Barros

Mixed Technique on Canvas carved on wood frames 

Life has so many sides and shapes I

Miguel Barros

Mixed Technique on Canvas carved on wood frames 

Life has so many sides and shapes II

Miguel Barros

Mixed Technique on Canvas carved on wood frames 

Life has so many sides and shapes III & IV

Miguel Barros

Mixed Technique on Canvas carved on wood frames 

Life has so many sides and shapes III

Miguel Barros

Mixed Technique on Canvas carved on wood frames 

Life has so many sides and shapes IV

Miguel Barros

Mixed Technique on Canvas carved on wood frames 

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Awakenings Gallery

 

Hurting Spring

Aodan

Sculpture

Hurting Spring (Hairpins)

Aodan

Sculpture

Hurting Spring

Aodan

Sculpture

Hurting Spring (Globe)

Aodan

Sculpture

 

Hurting Spring (Dagger)

Aodan

Sculpture

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Awakenings Gallery

Roots

Sreyash Sarkar

Oil and Soft Pastels on Fabriano Cold Press 

 

Currents and Shadows #7 & #8

Marieken Cochius

Oil on wood panel 

Currents and Shadows #7

Marieken Cochius

Oil on wood panel 

Currents and Shadows #8

Marieken Cochius

Oil on wood panel 

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Awakenings Gallery

Exhibit Program