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Peace, Justice, and Love in 2022

By Mayela Rodriguez
December 16, 2021

Gif by Max Colby

Dear Listers,

From the entire Listings Project team, we are wishing you peace, justice, and love during the holidays and in the New Year. Thank you for being part of the Listings Project community! We are grateful to you and to be in community together.

As the days shorten, many of us celebrate festivals of light including Solstice, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, and many more.  Each year, during this time, Listings Project commissions an artist to create a holiday card for our community. 

This year we are honored to announce that Max Colby created our holiday card. 

Colby is a mixed-media artist whose work includes collages, paintings, drawings, relief work, sculptures, embroidery, and installations. Colby writes in their artist’s statements that their work “activates these materials through political tactics of camp, issuing a call to reimagine our relationship to gender, sex, class, and the mundane.”

Colby’s work uses beads, adornments, and sequins to explore identity. Their work is vibrant and fantastical and seeks to “expand understandings of memory, honesty, love, beauty, and grief.” 

We felt that that was a fitting aspiration for this time of year when so many of us celebrate the things that matter most to us. 

If you’d like to see Colby’s work in person, you can do so at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling. Along with three other artists, Colby’s work is part of the “Home” exhibition which examines the tensions between self, place, and societal definitions. The exhibition explores the conditional nature of the components of home, such as privacy, sanctuary, and identity formation.  

Colby’s work has been exhibited at Wave Hill, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Jane Lombard Gallery, Isabel Croxatto Galería, and Museum Rijswijk. Colby is represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Stephanie and the Listings Project team

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Mayela Rodriguez, our Editorial Designer, works closely with the team to create designs for the website, newsletter, and user experience. A self-proclaimed “media-agnostic” artist, Mayela received her MFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. You can learn more about her work at www.mayelarodriguez.com.

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