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Saturday, September 24 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hatch: Art + Text

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*Please note: this exhibit can also be visited before and after the reading:  Fri 11-6, Sat and Sun 12-6

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“Hatch” is an experiment in poetry, memoir, and installation. It began as a chapbook of poems exploring a child's near-death experience, recovery, and exuberant embrace of life and language. Images from the poems are extended into the gallery space, made from materials which reach back to touch prehistoric rituals surrounding the afterlife, objects from the nursery, and medical flotsam. Visual humor frees us to lighten up about death and disability, even as we confront their mysteries.

Many pieces invite the viewer into the symbol-rich world of childhood, where archetypal forces are encountered in the primal theater of play. As children work to find their place in a mysterious world, themes of struggle, mortality, safety, rescue, absurdity, magic, and the limits of our agency appear again and again. Like play, art is a form of ritual—a highly charged field of action in which our relationship to forces beyond our control can shift and re-form.

"Electrifying. This is transformation art!" —David James Duncan

"By embracing the beauties and brutalities of parenthood, these finely crafted poems transcend their milieu and become poems about co-existing here on earth. At their core is a heart so large its beats knock you off-kilter, until 'your head finds the balancing point and your arms orchestrate themselves in the air to the unheard tune of angels, cavorting by millions on the tip of a pen.'" -- Chris Dombrowski

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Jenny Montgomery

I'm working on a graphic history of a Robin-Hood-themed cerebral palsy camp that really existed in Ascutney, Vermont in the 1930s. I also work on the media team for the disability advocacy group, ADAPT. A former academic, I now run a distillery in Missoula, Montana with my husband... Read More →

Saturday September 24, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

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