🍄PUBLIC ART PROJECT🍄
2020 threw us all a curveball. My art, as a business, thrives on in person shows/conventions. 2021 is still complicated as we are getting vaccinated and starting reentry. Over the last 18 months I have adjusted, evolved and I’m ready to move onto this next chapter of my artistic journey. I want to pivot to public art in outdoor space so it can be accessible for FREE and in an environment where it may not be expected. I want to bring joy to the summer of 2021 with my glass art!
Not all my cocks make it to being sold if they have a flaw that could potentially injure the user. Unbeknownst to me, instead of recycling those cocks when I reject them, my partner Newton was keeping them in a box in their apartment. When I recently found this out, I was prompted with how I could reuse/recycle them, and viola! The idea for “MJ’s Mushrooms” was born. Now I must manifest it.
I began on 6/5/21. I intend to transition the cocks into glass mushrooms. I intend to install them, or have them installed in parks, open spaces, hiking trails, etc across the US and internationally. When the mushrooms are found a note on the bottom will encourage they be left in their intended spot or relocated to an accessible place. Then please feel free to post a pic to social media with its location using the hashtag #MJsMushrooms or tagging the IG account @MJsMushrooms. You can also email me at Mjsmushrooms@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments.
It’s now the beginning of 2022 and I am up to 31 mushroom installations completed internationally! And I am halfway through the US states. It is a surreal feeling to have connected with so many new people in order to make this a success. Installers from all over offering their time. I am bursting with gratitude to everyone who is assisting in making one of my artistic dreams come true. I hope to have all 50 US states completed by summer 2022 and have the project end in Detroit, MI with a large mushroom install. Keep yourself fingers crossed for me!🍄
In light of cancellations due to COVID-19, combined with the necessity for me as a white, queer artist to step back and amplify others, I have begun using my art to serve a different purpose.
In March 2020 I began raffling off my art to help individuals/families who were suffering due to COVID-19. Than my focus shifted to the Black Lives Matter movement, and I have been raising money for black organizations/people since. The raffles have brought in over $6,000 and I hope to continue to do so through the year of 2022. My art is the activism I can bring to all this turmoil.
If you are an organization that supports black and brown folks, (LGBTQIA and disabled folks to the front of the line) or you are a business owner of color and you could use a piece of art to raffle off- please contact me through the Contact page here.
With vaccinations rolling out with varying degrees of efficiency, l am still in the place of not being able to work shows/events but that doesn’t stop me from continuing to make art! I am accepting custom orders and have a large inventory of premade pieces that I can curate from photograph and email to you to view in the comfort of your home. I love really getting to know my customers and don’t shy away from communication around my art and the process.
I want to thank everyone that has purchased work from me this year, or participated in my fundraisers, as it is greatly appreciated. It is by coming together that we will make the most impact. #QueerlyMade