Raised in a dying steel town surrounded by cornfields, Maggie was drawn to the food justice movement in Oakland, CA and landed her first job there as a nutrition and arts educator. Her youth and community work soon evolved into a socially engaged art practice. Today, Maggie uses various media, including, food, photography, performance, and installation, to reflect and inspire healing on personal and community levels. She creates rituals, often with mundane objects, in collaboration with participants. Her work draws on both personal experiences and observations of larger social and economic structures, especially those that relate to race, gender, and labor. Maggie’s healing and creative path as an entrepreneur, chef and teacher is expressed as a living art in her business, The Heirloom Chef.
Harvested blood of the earth
Thank you for sharing with me
Your bare honest body
All you have ever felt and known
Your offering of yourself unto me
I sow our histories
Divided and united
Into my understanding
Of myself of you and of us
So that I may begin to unravel
My offering of my own
My blood and my body
Wholly and knowingly
Elissa Callen is a BFA graduate of California College of the Arts in Painting and Drawing. She is from Los Angeles and currently lives, collects, and makes in Berkeley, CA.
Rachel Cardenas Stallings is an Oakland-based artist working in painting, textile, and performance. Originally from Utah, she earned her BFA in Studio Art from Brigham Young University in 2013 and is currently an MFA candidate in Art Practice at UC Berkeley. She has exhibited throughout Utah and California and most recently participated in the group show "RELAY" at CTRL+SHFT in Oakland. She is the co-founder and lead curator of the art space, Lago Projects in Oakland, CA.
Born in Pachuca, Hidalgo Omar Navia Herrera began his career in visual arts with the creation of the Mutualist Artists Group (GAM) in which he works as general coordinator. After being awarded the FOECAH 2013 Public Space Management scholarship as a collective with the project "Art for Art Garden", he performs and manages activities such as art workshops, conferences, concerts, creation of a magazine (GAMP) and various exhibitions....