Introducing our Fall 2019 Artists in Residence: Joan Giroux and Peppur Chambers

The Squire Foundation’s exciting 2019 Fall Artist in Residence Season includes two incredibly talented female artists and centers around the theme of ART ADVOCACY - Joan Giroux, based in Chicago, and Peppur Chambers, based in Los Angeles. Joan and Peppur will be in residence at the Squire Villa in Santa Barbara for the entire month of October, 2019.

Joan Giroux (photograph by J. Boll)

Joan Giroux (photograph by J. Boll)

Joan is an internationally exhibited interdisciplinary artist, compassionate activist, and death acceptance advocate. Her work while in residency will be exploring issues of vulnerability, illness, loss, and bereavement. Joan will be co-leading two workshops with Santa Barbara artist Lisa Marie Kaftori on October 5th and 6th that are titled "Marking Memories, Reflecting on Loss" which we feel comes at a time in our community where we are still trying to heal from the tragic events over the last few years (including the tragic Conception boat fire, Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow). This clamshell box making workshop will give people an opportunity to grieve through creative expression, something we all need more dedicated space and time to do. The work Joan creates while in residency will be exhibited in partnership with Hospice of Santa Barbara at the Leigh Block Gallery, opening October 29th with a reception from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Peppur Chambers

Peppur Chambers

Peppur is an international writer/actor/director and advocate of female empowerment who strives to live her voice and inspires others to do the same. While in residency, she will be expanding her short story "Ancestry.com" (originally published on BONED) into a novella for publication. Peppur's work focuses on "Telling stories of heroes, including my own".

Squire is not afraid to admit: we love female artists.

These days women seem to be changing the world daily, and they are doing it with their own pluri-lingual narratives—one at a time—but as a collective and distinctive female Voice nonetheless.

For years, Squire has been a forward hand on this particular boat, sighting the future in a world in flux, keeping company with artists (of all genders) who share a perspective and praxis centrally important to the shift: that women are finally making claim to their own voices, and that they need their voices enfranchised in the world for the principal reason than that they are theirs.

Squire’s Fall AIR Season is an amazing opportunity to highlight two female voices that center around the theme of ART ADVOCACY.