I Wish to Say

Sheryl Oring's avatar Sheryl Oring Vote Code: 68464

Sheryl Oring has typed thousands of postcards to the President from locations across the U.S. since launching her “I Wish to Say” project in 2004. For this work, she sets up a public "office" - complete with a manual typewriter - and invites passersby to dictate postcards to the President of the United States. Messages are typed in duplicate with the original sent to the White House and a carbon copy kept for Oring's archive. The project has been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and featured in media ranging from The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to the Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Her book, “Activating Democracy: The I Wish to Say Project,” was published by Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press in Fall 2016. At Art Prize, Oring's work will be featured with an installation at Western Michigan University's Grand Rapids space at 200 Ionia Avenue SW. The installation will include a series of prints that feature quotes from messages people sent to President Trump in 2017 as well as a live performance of "I Wish to Say" in which visitors will be invited to dictate postcards to the president. Performances will take place September 19, 21 and 22 from 4-7 pm.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
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  • Medium: Performance and works on paper
  • Width: 18 in
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 24 in