Blooming, With or Without You is a spring and floral themed group exhibition featuring nine Torpedo Factory Art Center artists. This exhibition celebrates new beginnings, empowerment, and redemption from past trauma, toxic patterns, abuse, and one’s own shortcomings. It invites us to take a moment to pause and acknowledge our strength to rise above the murky waters and raise ourselves toward the sun, rather than to only see the painful or challenging parts of our lives. It is also a notion of hope that, by tending to ourselves with the right soil, environment, and water– or simply with time — beautiful things can still grow out of nothingness or something that has been destroyed; furthermore, there was never a nothing, or a lost cause — one’s true essence lies and will always lie beneath the surface, waiting to break through over and over again.
Everything has a never-ending pulse of potential energy to become something new.
Jennifer Allevato (TFAA Associate)
Michael Fischerkeller (Studio 5)
Soomin Ham (Studio 312)
Wei Liang (Studio 324)
Jamaliah Morais (Studio 25)
Niki Pickett (Studio 338)
Val Proudkii (Studio 30)
Fierce Sonia (Studio 5)
Tracie Griffith Tso (Studio 22, 19)
Image: Jennifer Allevato, Excerpts from My Journal, 2009-2010, as Told in Words and Pictures, 24″x 36″, acrylic, graphite, and paper on wood.