Long, Long Ago

Curated by Natasha Woods

November 2, 2018 - January 12th, 2019
Opening Reception: November 2nd, 2018, 6-9pm



Lucio Arellano,

Ella Anderson,

Jenna Knapp

Marcelo Martinez

Open Kitchen

Maddy Stocking

Michelle Trujillo

Antonio Vargas

Real Tinsel is pleased to present Long, Long Ago, a group exhibition of video and interactive installations curated by Natasha Woods. The exhibition runs from November 2nd to January 12th, with an opening reception on Friday, November 2nd from 6-9 featuring Dear Self, With Love, a drop-in workshop hosted by Self Care Studio.

Through video and interactive installation, Long, Long Ago considers how stories are told, passed down, and how they are remembered. In questioning personal histories, the artists in the exhibition work to uncover, relearn, and actively participate in considering memory, lived experiences, and family folklore. 

The exhibition features work by Lucio Arellano, Ella Anderson, Jenna Knapp, Marcelo Martinez, Open Kitchen, Maddy Stocking, Michelle Trujillo, and Antonio Vargas. 

*The Self Care Studio is a project of Milwaukee artist, Jenna Knapp. It is a platform that illuminates the practice of self-care techniques through a variety of mediums. The studio exists online and as pop-ups in the physical world facilitating workshops that provide a variety of hands-on sensory projects that encourages us to carve out time for ourselves by slowing down in the present moment.


Lucio Arellano is an experimental filmmaker based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who is interested in exploring the non-linear and personal relationships found between the concepts of time, tradition, memory and distance through combinations of expressive digital and analog media. An undergrad in the film department at UWM, Lucio Arellano has screened work both locally and internationally.

Ella Anderson is a fiber artist living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Anderson uses surface design, fabric dyeing, and hand stitching to express emotion and experience, drawing influences from her daily routine, television, and paintings. Her work ranges from functional accessories to soft sculptures. 

Jenna Knapp is an artist, author, curator, and community organizer based in Milwaukee. Knapp graduated from MIAD in 2014 and has since received the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for emerging artists, a guest at international multidisciplinary residency programs in Amsterdam and London, and exhibited locally and nationally. Often addressing subjects of grief, loss, survival, healing, mental health and self-love. Knapps recent projects include The Yellow Wallpaper Project and the Self Care Studios.

Marcelo Martinez is a first generation Chicano/Queer Milwaukee based Filmmaker. He is currently in his last semester in the film department at UWM. His work ranges from LGBTQ horror, drama, experimental, comedy to documentary. He is interested in telling stories from communities largely unheard and exploring Chicano/Queer identity. Marcelo has screened work at the Milwaukee LGBT film/video festival and nationally.

Maddy Stocking is an editorial designer and artist from Milwaukee, recently graduated from UWM’s Peck School of the Arts in design and art history. Her work concerns the psychological intersections between self, environment and object — contextualizing printed matter and curatorial efforts through the promotion of a greater collective awareness of community, shared spaces and subconscious production. She is currently working on a series of publications and a collection of textiles to be released Winter 2018. 

Michelle Trujillo is a grad student in the film department at UWM, from Miami, FL, working to explore representations of Latinx culture, gender, and identity creation. This includes notions of isolation, connectivity and disoriented states. Her work stems from an intersectional feminist perspective but does not always offer solutions to the problems it engages with. Instead, she is concerned with upsetting power structures and notions of normality through disorientation. 

Antonio Vargas is a Mexican born, Milwaukee raised filmmaker. He attended UW-Milwaukee and completed degrees in time based media and creative writing. His films explore the notion of misremembering, while using the mosaic qualities of film to question the present and have shown locally and nationally. Are we anchored in it, or is it out of our grasp?

Open Kitchen is an experimental food project that combines a seasonal and regional menu to a program for fiction and criticism.