Studio Ajar: Volume IV

Orono, ME – On Thursday, November 30th at 7:00pm, artists Destin Black, Alicia Champlin, Kate Dawson, Aylah Ireland, Eleanor Kipping, Steve Norton, Michael Rosenstein, Amy Pierce, and Anna Soule, will host STUDIO AJAR: Volume IV, an open studio event and pop-up show at the IMRC Center in Orono.

Artist will be exhibiting or performing work produced in recent months, and works-in-progress, while some will allow for a private peek inside their working studios and creative spaces.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the IMRC Center (Stewart Commons) at the University of Maine. Visit for more information. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Scheduled Performances:


The Living Door, 7:00 pm

Kate Dawson and Eleanor Kipping

The Living Door, first performed by the famous artist couple, Marina Abramović and Ulay as A Living Door of the Museum in which the artist’s naked bodies faced each other and served as the entrance of a museum. Audiences must turn to face an artist in order to enter this space. Abramović and Ulay call this poetic moment of impulse and decision ‘Imponderabilia’. “If there were no artists, there would be no museums, so we are living doors” (Abramović, Louisiana Channel).  Full nudity, individual discretion advised.


Sound Improvisation, 8:00 pm

Steve Norton & Michael Rosenstein

This past year, Steve Norton and Michael Rosenstein have spent time collecting and analyzing sounds with audio microphones, electrocoil pickups, and home-built instruments: contact mics, hydrophones and photodiodes. Field trips have taken them variously to dingy basements, industrial buildings and domestic spaces, and on city walks, beach sojourns and forest explorations. As inveterate improvisers, the two will weave a spontaneous set from their sonic harvest, either used as captured or mangled, distressed and otherwise augmented.


Featured Artists:


Destin Black,

Alicia Champlin works with generative systems and networks to highlight questions about communications and authenticity. Her installation, entitled Transfer, is an experimental photographic study using tableware and direct sunlight. This study was undertaken as an exploration of signal transference, mediation, and pattern recognition. The components used recall the elements of a traditional still-life construction, but the results bear no resemblance. The installation will be open for viewing all week (Monday, Nov. 27, to Friday, Dec. 1) from 9am to 7pm.

Aylah Ireland is interested in work which challenges patriarchal stereotypes and domesticity. Working with fiber art, specifically embroidery, and mixed media, the link between class and feminism are subtly exposed. This featured piece, Tea Party of Ghosts, examines the devalued labor involved in domestic work. An enormous amount of effort goes into repetitive activities to create the illusion of simplicity and effortlessness.

Eleanor Kipping

Eleanor Kipping explores the Black female experience in consideration of colorism, racial passing, hair politics and sexuality while investigating the political, social, and personal gains and/or losses that may resultantly incur in these embodied experiences. Strongly influenced by popular culture, personal narrative, and her/history, my work relies on performance, installation, photo, and video.

Steve Norton,

Michael Rosenstein,

Amy Pierce

Amy Pierce explores the elasticity of what is perceived as “normal” behavior within the temporary boundaries created by ritual activities. She focuses on contemporary American wedding culture with a particular interest in exploring the prevalence of a phenomenon which she has coined as “perfection hysteria,” that often ensues as brides engage in a quest for perfection, striving to achieve the status of “perfect bride” and have a “perfect wedding.” By reframing components of popular and often unquestioned rituals through an interdisciplinary practice, she attempts to provoke the viewer to question the roles that society and self, play in constructing identity and to rethink established conventions that are blindly transmitted and reinforced through ritual behavior.

Anna Soule

Anna Soule is interested in creating experiences that take people on a journey. Currently, she is working on developing two large-scale installation concepts: one based on Art & Science collaboration; the other around themes and explorations of  Identity, including the stories, memories, and narratives that inform Identity. Of particular interest to her work is how trauma or displacement impact Identity and what evolves out of a journey of Post-Traumatic Growth. With component artworks for these future large-scale installation concepts in various stages of work-in-progress, the artist will open her studio (ajar) as she continues to develop her artmaking processes and enhance her technical development. (website design and development currently under construction)