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Above: Alice Christine Walker, Wave of Life Cycle: Abundance

archival pigment print, 29” x 40.5”, 2018

Alice Christine Walker

Unfinished Business:

An Exploration of Grief

March 1 - April 2, 2022

The world would go on, but for us it would never be the same.

The experience of losing my father to incurable cancer changed my life. I began to question our societal image of loss and grief, how that hinders our own grieving process, and how it affects the way we can express it. I was awakened to our culture’s denial of death and our abandonment of the bereaved to a kind of solitary confinement. Grief has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural and spiritual dimensions that are so often overlooked, leaving the griever to manage it alone.

In the midst of my own loss, I harnessed photography and self-portraiture as tools to explore the universality of grief.
Although grief is typically associated with death, the emotion is also experienced with other types of loss that affect us all regardless of age, race or gender. Through my exploration, I learned that grief can be beautiful and transformative, that it should be honored and used as a tool in itself to mend.

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Much like grief, this body of work is multifaceted, consisting of photographic images, video and installation. Designed to be inclusive of all comfort levels, the exhibition offers a range of interactions, from the passive observation of art to active engagement with others in grief sessions hosted by Charmaine Kachibaia, founder of Befriend the End. Charmaine is a certified Death Doula, much like a midwife, trained to care holistically for people at the end of life. During the last weekend of the exhibition, there will be an immersive theater event providing a multi-sensory experience for those wanting to engage with their own healing process. The goal of these works is not to dwell in my own loss but, through my vulnerability, to empower us to have broader conversations about grief. The essence of the show is rooted in advocacy and community to provide participants with information, resources and tools so that we all can find belonging, support and connection.

Community Grief Ritual


March 26

5:00 pm

Join us at Blackfish Gallery 

Ritual exists to help us navigate and honor transformative passages of our lives. Too often we grieve privately and this evening is meant to restore the communal aspect of this sacred process. During this two and a half hour event, we will collectively build an altar that will serve as a physical representation of the large and small losses that touch each of our lives.  We will engage with the sacred and healing power of music, sound, movement and community ritual. 

See more events for this exhibition on the next slide!


Back Room

Aaron Hankins

Selected works from MarsYard Overshoe currently on display at Blackfish Gallery

Aaron Hankins (working under the pseudonym MarsYardOvershoe) is a classically trained engineer and working intermedia artist from Philadelphia, Pa, currently based in Portland Or.

“Sympathetic Black Magic” is a term used to describe Aaron’s work- creating the future you want to have, with what you have around (found objects).


The Global Coronavirus pandemic (2019-2022) is the backdrop for all of MYO’s conceptual works on display at Blackfish gallery.  Dealing with rituals, race, scars of labor, MYO’s work is rooted in his life experiences as a black and white (biracial) man.

ISRU - In-situ-resource-utilization is a mindset adopted by NASA and Tom Sachs to raise awareness to all objects in our environment.

Artistic forms that are present in his work: sculpture, drawing, process art, conceptual art, minimalism.  Preferred artistic mediums: plywood, foamcore, cardboard, epoxy resin.

Currently, Aaron is in the middle of a 1000 day endurance art piece inspired by Tehching Hsieh and Sol Lewitt. 

MYO is also a founding member of the Sachsian Syndicate, a global artist collective named for his teacher and mentor Tom Sachs.

His first group exhibition was in the June 2021 at Rockefeller Center in NYC (“Endurance”).

Fishbowl I

Rita Alves

Is this Liberty and Justice for All?


  • The United States, a country which identifies with the concept of “freedom,” has both the largest total number of prisoners and highest incarceration rate in the world.


  • Since 1970, our incarcerated population has increased by 500%.


  • Our population is roughly 5% of the world, but we house 20% of the world’s prisoners.


  • The United States spends $81 billion per year on prisons, most of which pays for staffing, and housing.  Very little is spent on re-entry programs.


The bars in this image represent the incarceration rate of the United States vs. those of other founding members of NATO.  From left to right: The U.S., the U.K., Portugal, Canada, France, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway.

Is this Liberty and Justice for All?

oil and reflective safety material on canvas flag

38” x 70”       2022           $1500

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