ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kate Daughdrill lives and works on Burnside Farm on the east side of Detroit. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Political & Social Thought from the University of Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Recent projects include Detroit SOUP, a monthly dinner that funds micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit, and the Edible Hut, a community space with a living, edible roof in a public park in Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been written about in the New York Times, the New York Time’s T Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Toronto Star, Oprah Magazine, Dwell, and the Huffington Post. Each summer, Daughdrill works with her neighbors to bring Burnside Farm to life with weekly meals in the garden and creative gatherings such as medicinal plant walks, seasonal art openings in the farm’s tiny shed, and neighborhood vegetable trading events.
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FROM HERE TO THERE
From Here to There seeks to create a unique energy between the objects, values, people, and plants that are a part of it. The project involves an installation, a series of intimate activities, a publication, and a value-making ceremony.
Created in collaboration with Patrick Costello, the installation is the central hub from which the rest of the project grows. Shelves of canned food arranged in a color spectrum surround tables for gathering and sharing artist-made food and teas. The installation is an immersive space for quiet engagement with a holy water station, a station for letting go, plants, jars of food, herbal medicine, ceremonial objects, and a publication exploring the life and values of Burnside Farm, Daughdrill’s 8-lot urban farm on the east side of Detroit.
During the show, the installation will be activated with a series of intimate activities—a medicinal food and tea pairing, an aromatic encounter, an elixir making experience with students from the Boggs School, and a discussion about food sovereignty and urban farming in Detroit.
The project will culminate with a value-making ceremony, which will bring together 150 diverse Detroiters for conversation and a series of rituals to explore what we truly value and how it is embodied in our daily lives. Food, objects, smells, facilitators, and fire will be involved. The value-making ceremony is being cultivated with Phreddy Wischusen and 15 other soulful Detroiters.
In 2011, I bought a house on the east side of Detroit for $600. I began working to make the house livable and cultivating the land around my home with my neighbors. I soon discovered the power of plants, food, fire, pigs, and Sunday gatherings around a cinder block grill. I came to know the healing of working with the earth of Detroit and the pleasure of cultivating beauty where I live.
Most of my work makes space. It claims space in simple ways and is thoughtful about how to grow a certain spirit there. My objects and installations create ways of being near what brings health and what brings life.
Food becomes a medium for learning to live well. Plants become a channel to an embodied sense of connection. Growing, cooking, and enjoying food brings us to the present…and often to each other! It teaches us how to listen, how to be in our bodies, and how to cultivate a sense of well-being in ourselves and our communities.
Because old economic and political systems are failing us, living in Detroit compels many who live here to learn to take care of ourselves, to grow our own food, and to build the spaces and tools needed to live simply and self-reliantly. Communities throughout Detroit are creating a profoundly different way of living. My work seeks to cultivate and support a new way of living in a post-industrial city that is more sustainable, harmonious, and human.
Patrick Costello is a visual artist and performer whose work incorporates printmaking, installation, gardening, and theater. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was awarded an Aunspaugh Fellowship. Patrick has apprenticed with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He also co-founded C’ville Foodscapes, a worker-owned small business that designs, installs, and maintains vegetable gardens for folks in Charlottesville, Virginia. His visual art has been shown internationally, including at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, Trance Pop Gallery in Kyoto, and Brooklyn Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Most recently, he has been touring with several different original plays, including “The 7-Person Chair Pyramid High-Wire Act”, a two-person play written by Donna Oblongata. The tours have included a show in a bedroom in Huntsville, Alabama, foraging for mangoes in Lake Worth, Florida, and learning how to reinstall a starter solenoid in Lincoln, Nebraska. Patrick is a recurring presence at Burnside Farm, and this Art X Detroit collaboration marks three consecutive growing seasons of working with Kate to preserve and revel in the Burnside harvest.
Phreddy Wischusen is a storyteller and a public school/university graduate from the Atlanta suburbs. He has lived in and around Detroit for the last decade confronting the realities of his white-male-hetero-cis privilege and their resulting spiritual blind-spots in both his personal life and artistic endeavors. He has won multiple Detroit Moth StorySLAMs and now hosts the event in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Phreddy was also blessed to serve as a reporter for the Michigan Citizen newspaper for two years. As a comedian, he has shared stages with Tig Notaro, Neil Hamburger, and legendary poet Saul Williams. Phreddy believes storytelling — in any medium — engenders a more fluid relationship with the fourth dimension.
Phreddy lived in a small apartment overlooking Burnside Farm for two years, where he was fortunate to observe its development in a singularly intimate way. He hopes to give life to some of his more delicate memories of that time through a publication and a value-making ceremony created in collaboration with his former landlord, spiritual friend, and fellow artist Kate Daughdrill.