Artwork / 2018

2018 was a struggle emotionally because of the everyday cruelty of the Trump administration. Unlike 2017, during which my political art was mostly about the 45th President of the United States and his racism, in 2018 I tried to focus more on making commentary about issues, like global warming, gun control, and the rental housing crisis in the US.

Gwenn Seemel, artist for Make Room USA
photo by Gwenn Seemel

This last involved me going to DC to create public art for the Make Room, an advocacy group that commissioned 11 artists from across the country to represent the 11 million households that are one paycheck away from homelessness. The work was first installed throughout Washington in various locations for a few weeks and then, in October and November it was displayed at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. For more about the project, check out this video.

Gwenn Seemel speaking at a conference in Montreal
photo by the Association pour le Développement Technologique en Éducation

I was also in Montreal in May to do a talk about creativity and copyright at the 5e Colloque de l’Association pour le Développement Technologique en Éducation. There is an English language version of that lecture.

Other than that, my 2018 involved a lot of strategizing about how to navigate shifts in the web. The attacks on net neutrality, the embrace of algorithm-driven timelines over chronological ones, and Facebook’s mishandling of private information have all made my job as an independent artist who markets her art online interesting.

Part of my response has been to communicate more with you through my mailing lists! You can sign up for one or both of them: receive updates every once in a while or email me if you want to hear about it every time I publish on my blog.

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