A Mythology of Escape
Since the start of COVID, I’ve been exchanging a sketchbook with D.W., a resident at the Columbia Secure Center for Girls—a maximum detention center in the Hudson Valley. Together we have been building a multi-media project called Night Moth: A Mythology of Escape. It's about her avatar character Luna, a little green moth goddess imprisoned on the moon and her friend Seven, a seven legged octopus. Together they create a world in isolation in order to escape.
This website started as part of the De:Formal Residency and is the first public step in the project. We will continue to publish episodes of these two character as the sketchbook continues to be exchanged and more narrative is written.
Special thanks to project supporters Pioneer Works and The Juvenile Justice Digital Arts Project (JJ-DAP). JJ-DAP envisions a future where incarcerated women are given a voice and the systems that serve them are transformed by using arts as a foundational strategy and catalyst for change. JJ-DAP believes in one-on-one investment and mentorship. We see a person, not a number.
Maggie Hazen is a New York based artist from Los Angeles and is the founder of the Juvenile Justice Digital Arts Project (JJDAP). Hazen’s work explores themes of resistance and healing in a cinematically real world of violence. Her complex images, videos and sculptures merge highly specific ordering of materials, objects and bodies through the lens of mythology, technology and mysticism. She has exhibited, screened and performed works at Pulse Miami Beach as part of Pulse Play; The Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Light Year on the Manhattan Bridge; The Granoff Center, Brown University; Performance Works Northwest. Portland, OR; CICA Museum, South Korea; Holland Projects, Reno NV; Icebox Projects, Philadelphia, PA; and The Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston, MA, among others. She is a current resident at Pioneer Works, NY and has had residencies and fellowships at The Bronx Museum; The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art; The Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, European Graduate School, Switzerland; I:O at the Helikon Art Center in Turkey; Vermont Studio Center; and The Pasadena Side Street Projects, CA. She holds a BFA in sculpture from Biola University and an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at New York University, The Stevens Institute of Technology, The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and is currently a professor at Bard College in Studio Arts.