Makena Gadient: leave him
December 8 - January 19, 2019
Project Diana at The Alice
leave him is a collection of public and personal installations in Seattle WA, Maui HI, and elsewhere by people like you. They can be found in the widows of a closed movie theatre, telephone poles, apartment construction notices, parking lots, bathrooms, on the back of your cell phone, water bottle, notebook, and car dashboard.
This work is an act of celebration and reverence for the artists' mother and all women who have ended abusive relationships. It is a celebration of the end of pain, that things finally get better. It is a reminder to all those still there that leaving is an option. It is saying everything that wasn’t said for so long.
The artist encourages you to personally participate by knowing that leaving unhealthy situations are always an option. Abuse is isolating and ending it (and starting over) is a community effort. Join by being present in your community.
A portion of the sales from the posters and stickers available at the gallery go towards nonprofits that support families in leaving.
Makena Gadient is an artist primarily working with time and connection as a material. Using a wide variety of artistic disciplines she creates stories that become experiences. Through acts of vulnerability and radical honesty she is interested in making contact with herself, the past, and the people who interact with her work.
Born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, she has spent the last six years in Seattle making short films, curating, and creating work about personal histories. She received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (2016) and sat on the curatorial committee at CoCA (2017), and is a gallery docent for METHOD. She has shown at The Vestibule, Studio E Gallery, and CoCA. Over the summer she had work at softcore.la in Los Angeles.
The name Project Diana comes from a 1946 NASA mission that projected radio waves into space. These waves broke through the ionosphere, echoed off the moon and then returned to Earth.