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“Liska Jacobs, ‘The Worst Kind of Want’ “The Worst Kind of Want” is Jacobs’ second novel and it’s painful, sexy, lost, and deeply rendered. More importantly, it sets up Jacobs for what I think is about to be her breakout novel, due next year, about life in Los Angeles. For my money, she’s somewhere between Janet Fitch and James M. Cain — she doesn’t write noir novels intentionally, but they end up feeling like noir novels anyway.”

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Deborah Kruger’s Summer Blog

Even though the pandemic has slowed down so many parts of the culture economy, things have been lively for me and I thought you enjoy hearing about where my art will be this summer.

Since January, my work has been represented in two international Biennales. Kimono is traveling around Australia as part of the Art Textile Biennale sponsored by Fibre Arts Australia.

One of our 360 Xochi Quetzal residents from Melbourne, Louise Saxton, went to see the show and here’s a picture of her looking at my piece. She was kind enough to also send me a copy of the catalogue.


Abandon was chosen to be exhibited in the prestigious Rufino Tamayo Bienal in Mexico. This exhibition showcases the work of the top 51 painters in Mexico. The show opened last October at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO). The pandemic has stalled the traveling schedule and we are eagerly waiting to hear about the next venue.


Like many artists, I am beginning to show more on-line. The Raleigh Fine Arts Society (RFAS) is sponsoring a virtual North Carolina Artist Exhibition. This year they have organized a virtual retrospective with new work by North Carolina artists who were juried into previous shows in 2018 – 2020.  My new mural-sized piece Accidentals was chosen for this exhibition.

Accidentals, along with Casanare and Turbulence will all appear in a show entitled Abstraction organized by Manifold Global, an international on-line gallery. I’ll be interested to see what kind of coverage and response I get from exhibiting on-line.


In late July, I will be heading to Shelton, WA for a two-week artist residency in Holly House at Hypatia-in-the-Woods. This is a very competitive residency as they only accept one artist at a time. We are given a beautiful residence in the woods and two weeks of delicious time to focus on our work.

I plan to spend the time drawing some of the endangered birds I’ve been researching. I have never been to the Pacific Northwest and I’m excited to visit this part of the US.

I have work under consideration at some other exhibitions and grants, so stay tuned for more good news!

Holly House at Hypatia-in-the-Woods

New Works – Michael Pribich

Lift, installation with used hand-trucks outfitted with chrome extensions, and support belt.   Lift was part of  the exhibition Backstitch at Verge Center for the Arts 2019-20 which culminated the  Ali Youssefi Project / Residency.    The residency and exhibition ended abruptly because the pandemic was beginning in the United States. .   A digital and hard copy catalog are available if you would like to see more.

Essential, 2020,  30 x 30 x 17″ (detail of larger installation with suspended gloves), brown cotton work gloves over steel rod armature .  Essential will be included in the upcoming exhibition Vida, Muerte, Justicia  (Life, Death, Justice) at the Ogden Contemporary Arts in October 2021.   Ogden Contemporary Arts . The show is curated by Jorge Rojas and Maria Del Mar Gonzalez. 

Black Support 2021, interlocking leather support belts suspended with chain.  Belts made with two color leather with sewn mirror inlay.  Black Support was made in May 2021 in Mexico  while participating in the 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency in Chapala and Guadalajara.   I work with talabartero (saddle maker) Victor Parra to make  support belts.
1521:  While in Guadalajara I did research on the history of African slaves brought to Mexico.  My mother’s family is from Chihuahua and I want to know more about this history.   Around the year 1521  Africans slaves  were brought to present day Vera Cruz to work as slave laborers including work in the silver mines and sugar cane fields.   This work continues with drawings and different versions of support belts. 

Paper Support, Work in progress using paper bags used for holding cement. The cement bags weigh 90 lbs, so the paper is heavy.  I will continue this work at  NARS RESIDENCY in Brooklyn beginning 7-1.     

I continue research into the movement of African slave into Mexico, around 1521, as well as NYC labor.   (Across the street from my Canal St studio is a Chinese pasta factory that each night  throws out huge bundles of brown paper bags used for holding 50lb flour sacks.)  Slave labor in Mexico, present day Chinese labor on Canal St are part of the under-recognized work force building the new world. 

Michael Pribich 

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Georgia Rowswell on Residencies

360 Xochi Quetzal -on the Lime Casita steps enjoying the great weather in 2016
Artists residencies happen all over the world in all kinds of situations, cultures and climates. With a little bit of Spanish and a lot of excitement, I embarked on a personal residency  at 360  Xochi Quetzal in the Fall of 2016 to work on my year long  Leap 366 Life Ring project.

Residencies are all about giving artists the gift of time. Time to work on current projects and time to incubate new ideas. Fast forward to my February 2021 residency in the  High Plains of Ucross Wyoming, population…25!

Ucross Foundation for the arts
was started by philanthropist  Raymond Plank in 1983 to, ” foster the creative spirit of deeply committed artists and groups by providing uninterrupted time…” Surrounded by snow and a few days of temperatures that dipped to -22 degrees, I was able to spend hours in my beautiful studio working on projects that revolve around textiles as storytellers.
Today I continue to work on ideas and artwork started in Ucross in my downtown Cheyenne studio while dreaming and scheming about my next residency adventure! 
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My Ucross studio
Story| Lines -- flexible, modular piece made up of textiles containing personal and global stories both known and unknown