This is a 10-week printmaking workshop series, led by Oakland-based artists Sen Mendez, aiming to offer participants a creative practice towards their personal journey of self acceptance and healing. Participants will be given ten small blocks to create a visual story about the steps taken towards their healing. The intention for this workshop is to offer a creative safe space to explore symbolism and printmaking to recreate the painful stories in our life into moments of ways we have honored our inner growth. Participants will be asked to create 10 symbols into a transformational visual story of survival, resilience and self acceptance. The completion of this workshop series will result in an exhibition showcasing visual stories from participants who wish to share their legacies. The purpose of this workshop is to show how our stories are not far from one another- Your legacy becomes our legacy.
This workshop is a collaboration between Resistance Press Oakland and ARTogether and offered both online and in person.
About Artist and Resistance Press Cooperative:
Sen Mendez also known as Queen Sen Sen is a non-binary fat artist born and raised in Oakland, California. Queen Sen Sen creates images of historical ancestors, celebrations of large bodies and visual storytelling as a way to dismantle systematic oppression among Indigenous, Black, Fat and Transgender bodies.
Resistance Press Oakland is an art cooperative founded by two printmaking artists Queen Sen Sen and Cotton Turner, as a long term strategy towards wellness and healing in local communities using Art as a tool. Resistance Press Oakland’s goal is to offer job opportunities, resources and art residencies in communities directly impacted by systematic racism, police brutality and poverty.