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November/December 2018

Vending Machines of Hope

· artmaking,resistance,feminism,transformation

'Tis the season of choice and commerce. In the wake of a new wave of voter supression and the rise of women of color in the House, what home grown paradigm shifts are you cooking up to make this season bright?

Throw a log on the fire of your discontent and persistance right here at The Stay Project.

Doug O'Connor

From the artist:

Attached is an untitled collage for consideration in The Stay Project. Thanks for taking the time to look at my work, which has increasingly focused on scrutinizing my own male whiteness. How do I respond to white cis-male patriarchy in the US? How is my imagination a privileged space—or is it? Should I stop making and writing? Claudia Rankine said, “That what white artists might do is not imaginatively inhabit the other because that is their right as artists, but instead embody and examine the interior landscape that wishes to speak of rights, that wishes to move freely and unbounded across time, space, and lines of power…” In making these collages, I made a conscious attempt to try and address Ms. Rankine’s suggestion by examining the invasion of whiteness into spaces.

Doug O'Connor’s prose and poetry have appeared in Paper Darts, decomP magazinE, Ayris, Quarter After Eight, The Tusculum Review, and others. Doug earned his M.F.A. from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. His story, "Understanding the Family Language," made the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions 2017 list.

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