To Do • A Mending Project
To Do · A Mending Project is a project created by artists Michelle Montjoy, Anna O’Cain, and Siobhán Arnold, in response to the escalation of political, social, and economic tensions in the United States that have increased a sense of divisiveness within our culture. Beginning in 2018 with an artists residency at 1805 Gallery in downtown San Diego, the artists organized and taught a series of workshops on topics ranging from traditional, domestic, and repair tasks to movement, breathing, and sound. While the act of repair is within their own artistic practices, they have also sought the support of their community, asking other artists, repairers, and activists to share their knowledge.
Michelle is an Oceanside, California based visual artist. She encourages communities to sit together and knit large textile installations, climb in, sit on or dance inside her textile sculptures, and learn how to mend and repair clothing and household items. Her life and art also include activism, parenting and growing vegetables. Michelle is the recipient of California Arts Council and San Diego Foundation grants, was a recent artist resident at IPark Foundation, and currently has a large installation at the San Diego International Airport. She will also be part of Being Here with You/ Estando Aqui Contigo at MCASD in September 2018. www.michellemontjoy.com
Siobhán is a visual artist, arts educator, and mother living in San Diego, California. She is a mixed media artist who works with photography, textiles, sculpture and installation. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Detroit, Albuquerque and San Diego. She has been featured in several magazines including View Camera, Pacific San Diego, Encaustic Arts Magazine, Detour, the Portland Review, and the Seattle Times. She has been an artist in residence at Caldera, the Ora Lehrman Trust Soaring Gardens, and Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland. She received a BA in Art and Design from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Art Studio from University of California Santa Barbara. Siobhán is a member of SIEN Collective, an arts collaboration with Meagan Shein. www.siobhanarnold.net
Anna is a San Diego based artist who was born on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. In the seventies she studied ceramics, photo, film, and conceptual art for two years at Oklahoma University, moved to Chicago to continue her studies in art and received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 1983 she received an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California San Diego. Anna is a recipient of a public art commission with artist Richard Keely for Aviara Community Park in Carlsbad, California. She has received grants from the California Arts Council and Art Matters in New York City, and held artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and the Djerassi Foundation near Palo Alto, California. Anna has developed installation projects with students in the art departments at Oberlin College in Ohio and Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, Oregon. She currently teaches in the Art Department at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California.