Elephant Mining Exhibition. Dec 2023, NYC

Elephant Mining Exhibition. Dec 2023, NYC

Elephant Mining

Studio 9D

508 W 26th St. #9D
New York, New York

Opening Reception

Dec. 14th 6-8pm 

Artists:  Jennifer Mawby / Kate O’Connor / Anna Pietrzak / Amanda Millet-Sorsa / Cate Holt / Aleyna Feinberg / Barbara Laube / Tess Jenkins / Corrine Yonce

“The elephant in the room,” symbolises glaringly incomplete, lingering, unaddressed or uncomfortable truths that demand acknowledgment. Elephant Mining involves a deliberate excavation to bring these latent ideas to prominence. It is the fore-fronting of unspoken values, unaddressed issues, suppressed emotions, and things that have remained hidden in our studios in plain sight. As an exhibition, Elephant Mining is the collective process of owning, confronting, and revealing for each of the eight artists their respective “elephant in the room”. 


Kate O’Connor is a Portland, Oregon-based visual artist from Toronto, Canada. She holds a BFA from NSCAD University and an MFA (Graphic Design) from Yale University. Currently, she makes work that focuses on the familiar bits of life translating them through bold colours in oils. She uses humour as a coping mechanism to deal with the complexities and nuances of life. @bateobonnorart

Corrine Yonce is an artist, fair & affordable housing advocate, and documentarian who lives and works in Winooski, Vermont. Yonce Combines visual art with ethnographic media, including audio interviews, household objects, and photographs. Yonce graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Arts as a Leslie King Hammond Fellow. Her work is found in the recent New American North East Issue 164. @corrine_yonce

Aleyna Feinberg (they/them) is a visual artist and poet based in Burlington, VT. Their drawings, paintings, and assemblages often incorporate transparency, discarded objects, and processes of marking on/through both sides of a surface. They hold a BA in Studio Art, with a minor in Environmental Studies, from the University of Vermont. @moodyraccoon

Amanda Millet-Sorsa is an artist, arts writer, and arts worker in New York City since 2011. Her work has been exhibited at Below Grand Gallery, The Socrates Sculpture Park, Governor’s Island, NY, The Flux Factory, Art-In-Buildings Time Equities Inc., Art Helix Gallery, The Last Brucennial, and the NARS Foundation. @amandamilletsorsa

Anna Pietrzak is based in New York City. With a background in architecture, her work depicts forms exploring weight and tension. Her paintings use gold leaf and raw pigments as primary mediums. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally and has been featured in several publications.

Cate Holt makes paintings collaged with everyday objects, exploring how identity intersects with haptic memory, breaking and building, and ideas of function and usefulness. She lives and works in NYC and is also the co-founder and co-curator at SPRINGS Projects, a new not-for-profit exhibition space opening January 2024 in Dumbo, Brooklyn. @locatecate

Tess Jenkins is interested in how personal experiences and generational histories are programmed into our bodies and how those imprints affect our emotional, social, and spiritual lives. She received a Fine Arts Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and currently lives and works in Flamingo Heights, CA in the Mojave Desert. @tessseessee

Jennifer Tazewell Mawby holds a Master of Fine Art from UCA (UK) and works across drawing, painting, sculpture, and time-based media. Her character-driven, story worlds invent narrative cycles that composite social commentary and speculative histories with science fiction, archeology, and mythology to a revisionist end. She currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. @jenniferjeanmawby

Barbara Laube is mostly self-taught, and her love of painting has taken her around the world. She currently lives and works in the Bronx, NY.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally.  Working with oil paint on linen her work is personal and spiritual as she seeks to make visible the invisible. @barbaralaube