Chuck Kirchner | Photography: Culture, Ritual, and Spirit | Mere Objects

Mere Objects

March 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

When I was leading a recent workshop at St. Andrews House on Hood Canal, I had the opportunity to view a new art installation by Sarah Jane, a talented and inspired artist who also serves as the Art Program Manager of the Grunewald Guild, Plain, Washington.  

As described on the mere objects website: "Mere Objects is a participatory art project designed to honor and empower people who have experienced sexual violence, and to increase awareness of sexual violence within our communities. It was launched in October 2016 by artist and educator Sarah Jane, in collaboration with an advisory group of survivors of sexual violence." 

It is a moving, sad, but enlightening art project dealing with an issue that is front and center today, but has been with us forever.  I had the opportunity to photograph a small portion of the piece, adding a sense of motion to expand the universe of the piece to beyond just the 200 or so glass beads currently part of the exhibit.  The photographs can be seen in the "Mere Objects" Gallery.  And additional information can be found at:  It's an important project and I hope you take the opportunity to learn more about it.


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