Read more about the article Farewell for now, Wisconsin, our next adventure begins
Preview: Jenie Gao Studio is now located in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Səlil̓wətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Farewell for now, Wisconsin, our next adventure begins

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A letter to my fellow Midwest people, on art, gentrification, and our hopes and visions for the future of our cities and communities.

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Read more about the article Small Magic: on self-compassion and resolution following 2020
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Small Magic: on self-compassion and resolution following 2020

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There are many things I could write in a 2020 recap post. I could write about challenges, accomplishments, and life milestones. I could write about what it's like for my business to enter its sixth year during a pandemic. I could write about activism and advocacy and all the heavy lifting we must do in the face of injustice. I could show my best bravado and shake all my glittering, roaring resilience in the face of 2021. But honestly? What I want to offer, as we end this year, is self-compassion, and a chance for closure and resolution with ourselves.

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Destructive force: when we justify it, and when we don’t

The US has a long history of looting and property destruction in other countries. Yet recent debates surrounding BLM protests have centered on the tension between those who condemn the destruction of property during protests and those who want lives to take priority over property.

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Read more about the article The politics of temporary murals in response to Black Lives Matter protests
Boarded up windows in downtown Madison and on State Street prior to murals.

The politics of temporary murals in response to Black Lives Matter protests

In the weeks following Black Lives Matter protests, murals have popped up all over the country. In particular, murals have appeared on boarded up windows in business districts, like Madison,…

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