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Issue 07: Rooting

Fall 2021

Issue 07: Rooting is a site for exploring all that cannot be seen at the surface. It is a space for highlighting the hidden connections, histories, and shared networks of knowledge that make our creative community flourish. Within these pages, artists, writers, community organizers, and scholars reflect on what it means to “root” in their own sites, communities, and practices.

Cover Image: Gohar Dashti, Untitled, from the series Uprooted, 2019.

Table of Contents




  • Letter from the Editor

    Jameson Johnson


  • The Radical Act of Growing a Plant: “Garden for Boston” at the MFA

    Paige Curtis


  • Communing in Isolation: Rania Matar’s Window Portraits

    Shuchi Saraswat


  • “It’s My Infinite Indigenous Queer Love”: In Conversation with Jeffrey Gibson

    Mary McNeil


  • Choreographing the Personal: A Profile of Jessica Roseman

    Ilya Vidrin


  • On Place, People, and Plants: A Visit with Gohar Dashti

    by Karolina Hac


  • Artist to Artist: On Hybrid Rhizomatic Identity

    Sawool Kim and Julia Kwon


  • Dream House: How a Providence Collective Fashioned A Home For Art in a Storied Space

    Jacqueline Houton


  • A Museum Minus the Hierarchies: How Two Artists Are Paving the Way for the Future of Art in Fall River

    Marguerite Wynter


  • Reflected Across Time: In Conversation with Eli Brown

    Alli Salwen


  • Beyond the Root: Musings on Mushrooms as Metaphors for Blackness

    Arielle Gray

    Special Project

  • Shifting Contours

    Joanna Tam

    Special Project

  • Can Our Gardens Create Change? The Story of CoVictory Gardens by Sheila Novak, illustrated

    Sheila Novak

  • Historical Roots and Future Roots: Reflections on Efforts to Cultivate Culture in Boston

    Raquel Jimenez

  • Roots of Revolution and Diaspora in Firelei Báez’s ICA Watershed Installation

    Elizabeth S. Hawley

  • Connecting Histories: Glenn Kaino’s “In the Light of a Shadow” at MASS MoCA

    Marcus Civin

  • In a Painterly Field: Tamara Gonzales’s Cosmic Recess at Providence College Galleries

    Leah Triplett Harrington

  • On the Way: “A Thread, Extended” at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360

    Maya Rubio