Hello friends. The Decemberists are playing a benefit show here in Portland, Oregon for our son Hank’s school, Victory Academy. WE LOVE THIS PLACE. It’s changed our lives, immeasurably, for the better. Sadly, they’re currently at capacity in the small space they rent from a church and need to expand in order to accept new students and grow. So they’re building a new school - a terrific LEED certitfied school with lots of light and space - and are in the midst of a big capital campaign to raise money for it. This benefit show is one of many parent-organized fundraising efforts. I’m also putting together a JAW-DROPPINGLY FABULOUS kids book illustration auction for Victory that will open in April. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, find our more about this benefit show, including where to buy tickets, HERE.
And learn about Victory and its capital campaign HERE. You can always donate money directly to the school, which has non-profit status, on their website. Thanks!
Beth Cavener Stichter’s (Hi-Fructose Vol. 26 cover artist) sculptures have an intensely-visceral quality. The ceramic animals she hand-builds demonstrate an human-like sense of understanding with their sensitive gazes and anthropomorphic eyes. But despite their thoughtful countenances, these characters are also perfectly at home in their animal skins. Cavener Stichter’s work does not shy away from the brutality of the animal world, from its untamed sexuality to its endless cycle of predator and prey.
She recently collaborated with Italian artist Alessandro Gallo (previously featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 24), who embellished her latest sculpture, Tangled Up in You, with painted tattoos reminiscent of traditional Japanese tattoo art. The 65-inch-tall sculpture (15 feet total, from the top knot of the rope to the floor) shows a lanky rabbit intertwined with a snake in mid-air. It is unclear whether the two figures are caught in a struggle to the death or a passionate embrace. Tangled Up in You is currently on view at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Take a look at some detail shots of the elaborate piece as well as some photos of Cavener Stichter in her studio.