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Screening: Ruffles, Repair & Ritual: the Fine Art of Fixing
Thursday, October 17, 2019
at the Chace Center in the RISD Museum
6 - 8:30 pm
Single-channel video screening featuring a selection of video artists, filmmakers, and animators from the Ruffles, Repair & Ritual: the Fine Art of Fixing exhibition at the Wedding Cake House in Providence.
Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez
J.R. Uretsky
This event is the final part of three collaborative events with the RISD Museum and part of the 150 artists' multidisciplinary works on exhibition at the Wedding Cake House in Providence. Ruffles, Repair & Ritual: the Fine Art of Fixing, celebrates the extensive renovation of the Wedding Cake House into a cultural facility that will support an Artist in Residence program and expansion of the Dirt Palace.

The Matriarchs

Shannon VanGyzen is visual artist and educator based in Providence, RI. Using the language of an expanded painting practice, she makes assemblages and installations that examine the aesthetics of social class and taste through objects found in the home space. Using household objects as emblems for status, taste, and culture, she experiments with strategies of display in order to create a narrative that references the complexities of socioeconomic imbalances in America. Decorative materials such as furniture, lace, curtains, pillows and linens are stretched, ripped, stuffed, knotted and pieced together. Globs of paint and spray-foam insulation seep out of the crevices, as if vomited. Armatures made from used and discarded chairs, lamp stands and table legs support the bulbous structures. The subversive treatment of decorative objects, coupled with the anthropomorphic nature and abject quality of the forms, indicate loss and decline within the domestic sphere. Oscillating between states of grandeur and monstrous wretchedness, the sympathetic forms simultaneously mimic and destabilize the veneer of power and public persona.

VanGyzen holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (2017), where she received the Dean's Scholarship, the Graduate Student Research Award, and the Museum Council Sculpture Prize. She is a recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT and the Emerging Artist Grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation in Boston, MA. Shannon also holds a BFA in Painting and Art Education from MassArt in Boston, where she received the 2D Department Award for Excellence, the Inez K. Woodberry Award, and Departmental Honors. Shannon has shown her work in Massachusetts, Vermont, Providence, New Hampshire and Oieras, Portugal. Currently, VanGyzen works and resides in Providence, RI where she teaches high school mixed media art at School One.

Hi! Hello! Sup! I'm Anneli and I am a new member of the Dirt Palace. In August I moved from Chicago to Providence to live at the Dirt Palace! I first visited Providence and the Dirt Palace In 2017 when I did a mini month long residency and  window installation here. I fell in love with the Dirt Palace and I was determined to return. It took me two years, but I am so I happy I finally made it here. After ten wild and chaotic years living in Chicago, Providence is a dream!

"The Feeding of the 5000" 2016, beeswax, indigo, walnut, bedsheet, camo paracord, birch branch, size varies.

This October I'm traveling to Napa, CA to be a visiting artist in residence at the Oxbow School, a single semester residential art program for 50 high school seniors and juniors. As a visiting artist in residence I will lead an art project with the students and give a public lecture at CIA at Copia Theater in Napa. The lecture will be on Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm. I invite you all! (This is my first public artist lecture and I am very excited and nervous!) More info about it here

Saturday, November 2, Comic Arts Brooklyn, at Pratt: the Dirt Palace is a featured guest and will be tabeling! 

In August I went to Penland School of Craft and took a ceramics workshop making a life-size human bust and pillow. It was dreamy to be in the mountains and work with clay all day.

My screenprinted hankies are now up and for sale! I made these in July after noticing the flowers, planted and wild, that grow between fences, in cracked concrete, in front yards and abandoned lots in Tucson and Providence. I’m imagining the kinds of growing and resilience needed in this time of walls and borders. I’m visualizing the blooms and buds of unlocking what we’ve constructed as private property and arbitrary boundaries. I’m smelling burning rotting metal of walls long gone in the future....

dm me on the insta or visit my online store if you’d like a hanky.


I'm extremely excited to announce that Look at Art. Get Paid. is partnering with the Massachusetts Cultural Council to expand the program across three art museums in MA over the next two years.

We’re putting out feelers for a new team member based in the Boston area who excels in arts management and administration. If you’re interested, please email your resume or direct inquiries to and we’ll follow up soon with more information!

Artist Dana Heng and Critic Orianna Rodriguez performing "Security Checkpoint" at the event "Critic's Choice" at the RISD Museum. Photo by Charles Baldwin.
Critic’s Choice” opened on June 2nd, and invited four Rhode Islanders who don’t visit art museums to oversee site-specific art interventions by local artists at the RISD Museum. The artworks push for transparency, access, and accountability. 


Cody has returned from “away” with a pile of new objects, including a functioning sewing machine, the newest issue of QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK, several Visual AIDS releases, and a mug reading “Over the Hill.” He is already missing Daniella. Among many other people, he was able to visit a number of Dirt Palace members and member-adjacents through the grace of circumstance and intent: O. HorvathSara LautmanMegan ManowiczArthur Katrina. He only listened to one podcast—a Wesleyan lecture by Fred Moten—succeeded by a cover of “Life is a Highway” played on repeat for the duration of his 3,000 mile trip.

This is Daniella's last month at the Dirt Palace and she is feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for the four (????) years she's spent here. Stay tuned for a massive parking lot / Club Darnell price chopper sale!!!

Here is a picture of her at the beach taken not long after writing her own name in the sand.

Photo credit: Josephine.


Xander’s days these days: convincing herself that mitering joints on base cap moulding is a craft skill that she has almost mastered. Loving moulding. Wanting to put moulding on top of other moulding and then put ruffles on that. Luckily that’s sort of not too off brand at the Wedding Cake House? Here are some stills from a recent video project...A collaboration with her friend Daphne. People keep asking them if they will show it again or put it on-line, to which the answer’s are...yes! Ask us to show it somewhere, we want to screen it more! And yes! Someday we’ll put it on-line! They have more collaborations up their sleeves, but have been slowed down by work: X has too much work, D not enough work. Do you have a vacation for Xander? A job for Daphne? Kidding about the vacation for Xander, but not about the job for Daphne - part time, or one off gigs all of interest (writing/service/labor/whatever) and she’s usually available for sliding scale card readings ( Ooooh...and actually X is going on “vacation” - by vacation she means talking to a class in Chicago & will be there Oct 8th-10th - hit her up if you’ll be there and want to say hi!


Upcoming RECTRIX shows

Pharmakon RECTRIX Craow
FRIDAY October 25th @ AS220

Queen Elephantine, Hammer Party, Gyna Bootleg/RECTRIX collab, Mark Cetilia
November 16th @ AS220

Pippi will be showing work at 184 Project Space in Brooklyn
as part of an exhibition "Suffer Better" November 2nd

*****Bulletin Board***** notes from/about past DP pals/extended fam/other things of possible interest

- Rumor has it that Rachel Berube is moving back to the area!!! we're overjoyed! Do you have any housing leads? For December 1st? With daughter Iris! so looking for a 2 bed! preferably with laundry and dishwasher
- Our friends Sarah & Tim have started a new screening series at the Columbus called Wet Gate - yay for more experimental film in Providence! They're getting started with a bang bringing Bradley Eros to town on Friday October 4th







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