100 Days, 2016-2017

Exhibited online with Humble Arts Foundation and at Feast Arts Center, Tacoma, WA in June 2017 in a solo exhibition titled 'The evening and the evening out.'

The 2016 presidential election results left many feeling a wave of shock and unease. Seattle-based artist Serrah Russell channelled this disquiet into 100 Days of Collage, a series of daily meditations reflecting on the past and the ambiguous future of a newly changing world. They are simple, yet remarkably layered - fusing disparate images from issues of National Geographic and various fashion magazines to build a narrative that combines defeatist confusion with a glimmer of molotov, hope and resistance.
— Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation

Many things culminated to bring about this body of work. At the end of 2016, I was finally getting settled into my new home, complete with a studio all my own. I was ready to start seeing what I could make with this new space, but unsure where to begin. Then the results of the 2016 election came in. I was suddenly feeling a lot of unexpected emotions and seeking a way to process them. A friend of mine began a similar project of 100 Days of Painting around that time and it was inspiring to witness how therapeutic it felt to her process of creation and to me as a viewer. It inspired me to begin my own project. "100 Days of Collage" has been a way for me to set up a ritual of creating. I have begun to see making as an act of daily meditation, a ritual for reflection, and a place to speak. I believe that my work feels most true when it comes from a personal place, influenced by my surroundings and my experiences and during this time, I was feeling a lot and was compelled to do something. Of course, there is so much more that I can do to help and to make change besides making art, but for me, art is building the ground floor. It is a means for self-care, a way to be heard, listen and to understand. And so I began. And so I continued. I admit that there were many days that I was tired, that I was uninspired, that I felt like I had nothing to say or I was saying something no one wanted to hear. But there was never a day that I regretted spending the time, in the quiet of the night in my studio.

- Serrah Russell, 3/15/2017