Friday, June 09, 2006

Photos & Cakes

The Arroyo Arts Collective and artist Edith Abeyta invite you to view I Miss You at the Acorn Gallery on Saturday, June 10 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Contribute photographs of women you miss to the installation. A limited edition screen printed poem by Linda Hoag will be exchanged to those who bring cakes, as well as bubbly for all. The Keep-a-Breast Silent Auction with work by John Gill and Sophia Pottish, Merry-Beth Noble, Lisa Romero, and Porous Walker will end at 9:00 p.m.

Jayne Carter

from Shaney jo of Oceanside, California

Mary Rita Alexy

from Katrina Alexy of Los Angeles, California


from Patricia Lee

Agnes, Irene, and Ruth Swarty

from Patricia Lee


from Suzanne Seigel of Los Angeles, California

Mimi Aleimkoff

from Kim Kaufman of Los Angeles, California

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Keep-a-Breast Auction at I Miss You Ends June 10

Support the wonderful and hard working Keep-a-Breast organization by placing bids on the casts below
email me edith(at)suprememundane(dot)com
(Click on the title of this post to view more photos)
Lisa Romero

John Gil & Sophia Pottish

Porous Walker

Merry-Beth Noble

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I Miss You Installation Photos

Marshall Astor has posted some photos of the installation (click on the title of this post).

Friday, May 12, 2006

I Miss You Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 13 2006 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

in conjunction with
Keep-a-Breast Silent Auction
with casts designed by John Gil & Sophia Pottish, Merry-Beth Noble, Lisa Romero and Porous Walker & Carrina DiMarcellis

Bring photographs of women you miss to add to the installation.

Bake a cake and contribute it to reception and receive a limited edition handpulled print of Linda Anne Hoag's poem, "For Maellen".

Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Gilma Neubert

from Karen Neubert of Los Angeles, California
last seen December 26, 1988

Shirley Schwartz

from Jean Torre of Los Angeles, California
last seen on June 16, 2000
"The woman in the black and white skirt is my mother. She died in June 2000."

Jaqueline Flechoy

from Anela Aliotis of Paris, France
last seen June 26, 2005

Marilyn "Shadow" Dammaim

from Elaine Rounds of Brandon, Canada
" mail art friend, I celebrate your creative soul."

Myrna P. Christopherson

from Eva W. Christopherson of St. Peter, Minnesota
"This woman is my grandmother. I haven't seen her since she died last fall, and I miss her quite a lot. She raised 6 children and was one of the most amazing people I've ever known."

Willie Farrell Beir Gail

from Mia Farrell of San Pedro, California
last seen April 23, 1986

Louella Mcyntire Beckman

from Blair Fethers
last seen September 24, 1969
"This picture is of my grandmother, who died at a young age before I was born. I never got to know her, and have heard many amazing stories."

Ann Louise Sullivan

from Tricia Moran
"My grandma (Ann Louise Sullivan) was an amazing woman. She had diabetes before it was very well known. If I had the opportunity to write an entire book about her, I would still need more room to write.

She worked with Mrs. Knott making pies (but she never got the secret recipe for the chicken!) and the famous boysenberry jam.
Ann went blind when I was about 2 but made my first baby dresses with tiny trim using a jeweler's glass to see the stitches. I still have all of those dresses, and my daughter, Amber, had her 1 month picture taken in one of them."

Mary Margaret Sweet

from Blair Fethers
last seeen long ago

Carson McCullers

from Keith Ullrich
last seen January 2006 (when I re-read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter)
photo credit: Louise Dahl-Wolfe c. 1940

Missed Woman

from Christopher Perry

Teana Prater-Leap

(photo coming soon)
from Denise Ritter
"This is a picture of my Grandmother. She was born in 1891 and died in 1950. I am the daughter of her daughter, Leata Mae Leap-Ritter."

Aunt Caroline Leap

(photo coming soon)
from Denise Ritter
"This is my Aunt Caroline Leap. My middle name is for her. She died at age 35, in 1965. She used to baby-sit me when I was a little girl. I have been told wonderful stories of her, though I don't remember her presence in my life, I do remember her in pictures."


from Annie of Indiana
last seen February 2006
"This is my friend Char, she saved my life in 1984. I last saw her in Feb 2006. I miss her everyday."

Auntie D.

from Annie of Indiana
last seen February 2006
"I miss her alot, as she lives in Phoenix and I in Indiana. She is a great person!!!"

Family of Women

from Annie
"This is a picture of my family of women from oldest to youngest. I love you all."

Yia-Yia (Helen Lujan)

from Eva Evans and Family of Torrance, California
last seen January 2006

Jenny Odel

from Franklin Odel of Los Angeles, California
"She passed away last September at the age of 92. The picture is mom's graduation picture from Roosevelt High, November, 1930.

Maellen Staub Hoag Combs

from Linda Anne Hoag of Los Angeles, California
"I miss my mother, Maellen Staub Hoag Combs. I last saw her on October 23, 1984, when she died in my arms at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. My mother died after a fifteen year relationship with breast cancer. Maellen was one of the first to benefit from Tamoxifen.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

I am gathering photographs of women who are missed for an installation at the Acorn Gallery in May 2006. The project originated in September 2003 as a way to address the pangs or aches one feels when a person one loves is not near. Conceived as a small altar and installed at a fundraising event I asked friends for photographs of women they missed. After receiving many profound contributions I gained a new respect for the photographic image, having a context for these photographs gave me a deep appreciation for the picture on the mantle or the snapshot in one's wallet.

To participate send a photograph of a woman you miss to:



Edith Abeyta
1873 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Include your name, the name of woman in the photograph, and the last time you saw her.

Deadline: March 31, 2006

All photographs will be posted on this blog and included in the I Miss You exhibition, May 20 - June 24, 2006 at the Acorn Gallery.

Cast Yourself or Design a Cast

Keep-a-Breast will be participating in the I Miss You project. They are looking for three women to cast (click on the title of this post to see a casting in action) and three artists to design the casted busts. The busts will be displayed during the exhibition and will be raffled off, all proceeds benefit the Keep-a-Breast organization. Please email me if you are interested.

My Mom

from Fiel Valdez
last seen midday Sunday, February 26, 2006

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Matrilineage by Deborah Thomas

This simulated quilt is composed of digitally reproduced family photos and a brightly colored baby quilt made for me by my great-grandmother. Five generations of women in my family are represented in this quilt/offering: my great-grandmother, who made the original quilt, my grandmother, my mother, my daughter, and me.

While cleaning out my mother’s house after her death last November, I discovered two suitcases full of family photo albums and photographs that I had never seen before. A number of the photos include my maternal grandmother, Ella Elizabeth Firestone Brooks, who died when I was two. Creating the “quilt” has provided me with the opportunity to sift through photos, memories and feelings, and has helped me especially to get to know and appreciate my grandmother, whom I barely remember.

Ellie, as she was called, was born at the turn of the twentieth century on a farm in Springfield, Pennsylvania, “up the mountain” on Chestnut Ridge, the last ridge of the Appalachians before they flatten into Ohio. She spent her childhood on the farm, where she worked hard helping her mother. To her deep regret, she was pulled out of school prematurely to care for her baby brother Clarence. Soon after, she married my grandfather Hess Lewis Brooks, who grew up on a neighboring farm. When Hess got a job, they moved to town. They had four children --Raymond, Madeline, Gladys (my mother), and Jack – between 1917 and 1934.

My only personal memory of Nana is of standing next to her at about knee-level, a toddler and a stroke victim learning to climb stairs together. Just a few weeks before she died in 1954 she gave me a puppy, Tiny, for Easter. She thought that I should have a puppy because I didn’t have any brothers or sisters. In many of the photos I found of Nana she is interacting with animals or surrounded by family. She was visibly fond of a horse she cared for as a teenager; cats and dogs were daily companions. Three generations later, my daughter also loves the company of animals. My grandmother became a mother at a very early age and appears to have been delighted by her children as well.

Nana showed a particular radiance and grace in many of the pictures I discovered, often in quite ordinary settings – on Sunday outings with her family, feeding the chickens, doing the laundry. Even after she left the farm, her life was shaped by work – she cooked and kept a meticulously clean house, took in boarders during the Depression, and studied to be a practical nurse during the 1940s. She and my grandfather shared an affectionate and devoted relationship until she died at 54 following a series of strokes.

“Because I know that time is always time

And place is always and only place

And what is actual is actual only for one time

And only for one place

I rejoice that things are as they are. . . .”

T.S. Eliot

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ella Elizabeth Firestone Brooks

from Deborah Thomas of Altadena, California
last seen 1954

Ferruh Alisir

from Ardic Mimarlik of Istanbul, Turkey
last seen October 2005

Kellie Nelson

from Andrea Lien of San Pedro, California
last seen July 2004

Jimmie Faye Schafer

from Ron Schafer of Los Angeles, California
last seen May 2003

Leidia Johnson

from Ecila Dlobes
last seen 1959

Hortense Singer

from Myra Gordon
last seen July 2003

Lydia Baldwin

from Robert Tower of Los Angeles, California
last seen July 1996

Cindy Mochizuki

from Heather Harkins of Nova Scotia, Canada
last seen two months ago

Emma Hull

from Charlene Abeyta of North Palm Springs, California
last seen June 1985

Kathryn Bennett

from John M. Bennet of Ohio
last seen July 2003

Sweetie Pie

from Jessica White of Los Angeles, California
last seen July 20, 2003