MJ Neuberger, Mending Nona’s Piña (left), Holding On (right), mixed media installation.
MJ Neuberger engages self-created rituals, elemental processes and native traditions as metaphors for reoccupying bodies abandoned across generations by colonial, racial, and gender-based violence. She attempts to mend an heirloom cloth with her hair to acknowledge a connection to indigenous Filipino weavers denied by members of her family. Sculptural works, images, and light-based and performative installations and events offer the viewer haptic and visual opportunities to embrace shared vulnerability and alterity.
About the Artist: Neuberger has presented work at Art Resources Transfer, Gathering of the Tribes and the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and at exhibitions in Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. She teaches art at Towson University, works with underserved youth as a makerspace coordinator and organizes community-based art/performance events. Her writing and criticism have appeared in SPIN, The Nationand the Village Voice.
About the Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency: In honor of VisArts patrons, Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four month residency at VisArts at Rockville. This residency provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger Rockville community as well. The residency offers the gift of time and space to three artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The current Bresler Resident Artists present their work in a solo exhibition at VisArts.
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