Monica Tie, Natasha Marin, Yoona Lee, Rohena Alam Khan, and Carolyn Hitt, on behalf of Blue Cone Studios, present…


She Speaks

Monica Tie & Carolyn Hitt


November 14th, 6-9pm
Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar

Expanding on She Speaks, a show put on by Monica Tie at Blue Cone Studio’s May Capitol Hill Art Walk, Listen is about granting the human need to be heard and validated. In our current political climate of shouting matches and blame, Listen reminds us of the humanity in each of us and the universal bond that is suffering.

Monica Tie and established & emerging Seattle artists Natasha Marin, Yoona Lee, Rohena Alam Khan, and Carolyn Hitt will elaborate on stories unheard. Bring your emotions, your anger, your grief, your anxiety, your joy, your exuberance, and your gratitude. Unload your burdens at this show, and find relief in the art that will carry you forward. This audio, visual, and interactive experience challenges the need to respond when all that’s been asked is that we...Listen.

Contribute your own stories to Listen by submitting anonymous recordings or written excerpts. Recordings from the community will be available for guests and participants to listen on the day of the show.

Stories from She Speaks

Anytime I’ve talked to my significant others about losing my virginity to a guy that was 12 years older taking advantage of me at a party, I’ve only gotten back in response stuff like oh what were you wearing? You must’ve deserved it, you shouldn’t have been drinking, everything that made me feel like it was completely my fault. This fucked up my mindset for so long and I am still partly afraid I’ll never want to have sex sober.I still deal with a lot of what happens to me is my responsibility, but part of that includes how I feel about the past trauma, their responses, and having them understand NONE of that matters and they should t be providing excuses to some guys they don’t Even know because rape is NEVER okay.
— Anonymous -
Being a born male Mexican comes with the expectation of being a gentleman or in other words, a macho man. Through discovering different sub cultures around the world, I’ve seen myself more and more separated from the expectation of what a male person is supposed to be like… Now I identify as a non binary person bringing out a lot of femininity and androgyny into the way I present. at the same time though, I still have masculine characteristics of myself that I don’t necessarily feel the need to hide, which is sometimes also frowned upon or not expected” to be coming from a non binary person.
— Anonymous -
The Crescent Lounge, almost as queer as a bar can get. 11PM Saturday. Cis & presumably straight man refusing to accept that there is nothing he can do/say/buy me that will make me want to go home with him. “I don’t think you understand, I’m GAY.” I’m clearly not invisible to him, so what makes my words invisible to him?
Repeat repeat repeat.
I don’t know how to feel resolved. I just know how to be gay.
— Anonymous -

Share Your Burden

What words do you hold within your heart for fear of…something. Breathe, look within yourself. What is it that scares you, what is it that moves you. Let your words carry the weight, let this be catharsis so you can be lighter.

Share stories anonymously of heavy thoughts you wish to unload.


The words will be recorded in the artists’ voice and available to listen during the show.


To submit a voice recording

On Android
1. Download Easy Voice Recorder
2. Record your story (we ask that they be less than 3 minutes)
3. Share recording to

On iPhone
1. Follow instructions here
2. Share recording to

At Blue Cone Studios
1. Stop by Blue Cone Studio’s Tuesday Tea and ask to do a recording



Monica Tie

Monica is a visual artist dedicated to exploring works on identity and self. Her Asian American work uses various mediums that best explores the concept at hand and has shown in the Kirkland Arts Center. A self taught artist, she finds inspiration in found objects and pulls from her own childhood stories and those of her community to inform her art. She has a professional background in software engineering but has made the leap into the art world. She hopes to provide introspection to herself and to others through her work. | @monicatieart


Carolyn Hitt

Carolyn Hitt is a prolific abstract expressionist, founder of Blue Cone Studios and creator of The Relevant Unknowns artist yearbook and community guide. Her artistic practice is a woven mesh of paintings, sculpture, fabrication and installation which stem from and feed into her social practice of connection and collaboration. | | @cmehitt

Yoona Lee

Yoona Lee is a Seattle-based visual artist, writer, and racial justice activist. She has shown at Sotheby’s NYC, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, the Gary Henderson Gallery, and other venues. Yoona regularly presents her art and writing to explore issues of cultural identity, hybridity, and marginalization in various venues, including the University of Washington Robinson Center for Young Scholars, Breadline Performance Series, and the 2015 Seattle Race Conference.


Natasha Marin

Natasha Marin is a conceptual artist whose people-centered projects have circled the globe since 2012 and have been recognized and acknowledged by Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NBC, Al Jazeera, Vice, PBS and others. In 2018, the City of Seattle and King County have backed BLACK IMAGINATION-- a series of conceptual exhibitions—amplifying, centering, and holding sacred a diverse sample of voices including LGBTQIA+ black youth, incarcerated black women, black folks with disabilities, unsheltered black folks, and black children. Her viral web-based project, Reparations, engaged a quarter of a million people worldwide in the practice of "leveraging privilege," and earned Marin, a mother of two, death threats by the dozens.

Find out more about her work online at &


Rohena Alam Khan

Rohena is a Seattle-based multidisciplinary artist.

Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she studied Journalism and Fine Art during her undergrad years at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Upon embarking on a career as a copywriter at McCann Erickson, she completed another degree in Graphic Design from Raffles International College in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rohena’s love for news permeates all facets of her creative practice. Her work has a deeper focus on social issues plaguing the universe and can take the shape of a news story, documentary film, advertisement or painting. Her painting style varies from abstract expressionism to narrative storytelling. Rohena’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries of America, Thailand and Bangladesh. She often explores layers of a life of migration, war, patriotism, pop culture, psychology, politics and forensic science.

Rohena’s goal is to introduce the world to the thinking process of a modern-day Bangladeshi woman., @artby1971