Monica Tie, Natasha Marin, Yoona Lee, Rohena Alam Khan, and Carolyn Hitt, on behalf of Blue Cone Studios, present…
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
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
1. Download Easy Voice Recorder
2. Record your story (we ask that they be less than 3 minutes)
3. Share recording to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Follow instructions here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206775
2. Share recording to email@example.com
At Blue Cone Studios
1. Stop by Blue Cone Studio’s Tuesday Tea and ask to do a recording
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.
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.
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 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.
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.