Visual Arts

On Equal Terms Project

The ON EQUAL TERMS Project, directed by Susan Eisenberg, draws on the leadership of a grassroots network of trade union activists, and uses personal testimony and the arts as springboards for research, analysis, education, and action about employment equity. As an Affiliated Institute of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, donations to the On Equal Terms Project are tax-deductible.

Launched at Women Build Nations conference in Seattle!
On Equal Terms Interactive Online Exhibition—

ON EQUAL TERMS: gender and solidarity is an independently-hosted, interactive website with a Landing Page and twelve unique Rooms, using art, historic documents, research, and personal witness of women in the construction industry. It’s designed to replicate the visceral quality of the physical installation, while greatly expanding its audience, impact, and content depth. The Listening Room features interview excerpts from We’ll Call You If We Need You,  and poems from Stanley’s Girl and Pioneering. The Diamond Hardhat Room features photo-collages of skilled tradeswomen at work.

On Equal Terms Mixed Media Installation

ON EQUAL TERMS is a site-specific 900-square-foot mixed media art installation that combines poetry, audio, found objects, photography, artifacts, witness, and 3-D mixed media—including Stella, a life-sized figure on a ladder in Carhartt coveralls and a diamond hardhat—to bring viewers into the experiences of women who work on construction sites; and the conversation about employment equity. Its 2008 launch coincided with the 30th anniversary of federal affirmative action policies that opened construction jobs and apprenticeship programs to women. Questions raised by the discrepancy between policy expectations and policy outcomes inspired the installation.

Full Exhibitions:

AFL-CIO, Washington D.C.; Abrazo Interno Gallery, Clemente Soto Velez Center, New York, NY; Main Gallery, Smithsonian-affiliated Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI; Adams Gallery, Suffolk University, Boston, MA; Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Selected elements are available to tour to conferences and small venues.

Exhibitions of On Equal Terms SHORTFORM include: Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA; IBEW District 6 Women’s Conference, Green Bay, WI; Women Build Nations Conference, Sacramento, CA; Women in Non-Traditional Careers Conference, Peosta, IA; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Curry College, Milton, MA

Colorlines review and slideshow, On Equal Terms exhibition NYC

Perpetual Care Project

The PERPETUAL CARE Project investigates the patient experience of chronic illness within the current medical system through an ongoing series of photographs and 3-D artwork that highlight prescription bottles, and Perpetual Care, a poetry book with photographs

Photographs created over changing seasons capture temporary installations of her own willful medication bottles, set against the lush vistas and historic monuments of a Victorian cemetery. 3-D mixed-media pieces, such as Rescue, a ladder created from prescription bottles and bronze, use donated prescription bottles, with labels removed. Some pieces integrate text from poems, interviews, or patient information fact sheets.

Exhibitions include: Marran Gallery, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA  View Poetry Reading; Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Visual Aid, San Francisco, CA; Newton Free Library, Newton, MA; Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA

Click here to read a selection of poems linked to this exhibition