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Write Around PAM: Carrie Mae Weems

Writing continues to be an important way to process, explore, and gain new understanding in these times of upheaval. As fall continues on and communities navigate an especially unusual school year, we were drawn to this piece by Carrie Mae Weems. We imagine that kitchen tables like this one have taken on new roles as classrooms, study halls, and offices. Today, we invite you to spend some extra time exploring what this piece might offer you during this time. If you live with others, we invite you to write together at your kitchen table and share your work with each other. Before or after you write, take some time to learn more about Weems’ work and life.

As always, we have some prompts to help you get started. You can use one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 8 minutes and just keep your pen moving. 

 Imagine yourself as a fly on the wall in this room. What do you see? Feel? Hear? Try to capture the feeling of these three photos, either in imagery or dialogue.

“Tell me why …” / At the kitchen table …

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past posts from the summer, and look for continuing weekly posts through the fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM  

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Woman with daughter), from the series Kitchen Table, 1990, gelatin silver prints, Gift of the Contemporary Art Council, © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York., 94.19a-c