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Creative Catalsyt Project: Michelle Montjoy’S River

We are proud to announce that local Oceanside artist Michelle Montjoy and OMA have been selected as one of five recipients of a Creative Catalyst grant from the San Diego Foundation. This is the second year in a row that OMA has received this honor and we are thrilled to be working with Montjoy and the San Diego Foundation.

River is the reimagining of traditional techniques and attitudes of knitting into a contemporary role that connects communities through comfort, inspiration and empowerment.  Using large table top looms or finger crocheting forms, the community will be invited to contribute to a visual conversation by knitting or crocheting, braiding or knotting a form using old t-shirts.  The resulting unusual abstract piece of art will be installed as an exhibit and will embrace the connection, fluidity, and vitality of the many hands of the community involved. The multiplicity of those hands’ work becomes a conversation. Not nostalgic or sentimental, the artwork is a translation of domestic form to cultural object. It’s a retro-revolutionary approach to engagement and art making.

“Employing absurdity, obsessiveness, and abnormal juxtapositions, my work observes suburban tropes, personal failings, and political paradoxes,” describes Montjoy of her work.

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