Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-10-14 06:55:12 –
Overwhelmed by the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, the protest over George Floyd’s murder, and the dropout from President Trump, Rosie Petri decides to turn her frustration into art.
“If I feel angry, tired, unsafe, and unheard of, what about a black woman doing this important invisible job and often going unnoticed? “Petri said.
She gathered stories of 25 black women who are actively involved, advocated and educated in the Milwaukee community and created a “time capsule” of their lives in the summer of 2020. Part of this is an oral history project.Currently living Google Arts & Culture at Hagati Museum Mary L for individual artists of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Site as part of the Nohl Fund Fellowship.
In her work, she asks project participants what message she wants to leave for black women in the future.
These “love letters to black women” serve as a way for Petri and others to bring love and joy to a tough year for everyone.
“In the first part of this project, we wanted to focus on our (black women’s) peace and joy, and our community,” Petri said.
As an artist, mother and storyteller Petri, 34, puts self-discovery, history, and “fundamental black joy” into her fabric art practice.
“My job is to provide them with color, rhythm, and celebration,” Petri said.
According to Petri, when the project is complete, it will feature 25 cloth portraits that people will see at exhibitions while traveling, and even books that will be used as future tools.
She believes it is important to document all perspectives of history. So, in the summer of 2020, Petri asked two women he knew to recommend a black woman to do “dope” work in the city, and the recommendations began to flood.
“Before I knew it, there was an entire women’s spreadsheet for me to speak to,” Petri said.
She spent months interviewing each woman about her work, experience and life.
“I haven’t processed all 25 interviews yet,” Petri told NNS in a summer interview. “There’s a lot of things out there, so I had to treat it as if it were all over.”
Petri said he didn’t understand how difficult the project was until he started the project.
“We were doing an oral history project in the midst of a pandemic,” she said. “We were realistic and needed to consider keeping people safe and what to do if someone who participated died of COVID along the way.”
“She allowed me to be defenseless.”
She also did not consider the emotional exhaustion of hearing the trials and victories of other women while tackling similar issues.
Angela Harris, a teacher at Milwaukee Public School who participated in the project, said: “She allowed me to be defenseless.”
“I hope this helps remind you that work is always happening, even in the most difficult moments someone was fighting for your liberation,” Harris said.
“Rosie invited me to sit down and think about myself so that I could understand how valuable I was.” Azuki-colored gourd, The “Black Radical Doula” community. “She just made space for me. It was like a cure.”
Jordan said the project occupies a special place in her mind.
“I want women to see the spectrum of black women’s food and see that the type of black woman you are in love and joy, and deserves the other things you want,” Jordan said.
Petri is also one of the participants in Near Westside Partners. “Near West Side Painting” project. In Brave Brothers, Petri depicts the legendary baseball players Hank and Tommie Aaron who played for the Milwaukee Braves. The installation is 2222W. It is located on Clybourn Ave. and can be seen from Interstate 94.
Petri said the oral history project was rewarding, but she’s proud of her persistence.
“This is an approval of our survival,” Petri said.
How you can help
Petri is now Financing For industrial sewing machines that help her complete the project.