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'Jelölés | Marking' Solo Show, Budapest GalleryHungary, April 25th June 4th 2017
curated by Szegedy-Maszák Zsuzsanna & Török Tamás, 

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ArtSlant Prize 2016 Grand Prize winner.

Essay, Marking Memory by Andrea Alessi.
ArtSlant prize winners Exhibition, Spring Break Art Show, NY. February 28th – March 6th, 2017.

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'Currently 80' Curated by John Yau,
Sculpture Guild, Westbeth, NY. Februar 5th-24th 2017

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Public Art Commission, Per Cent for Art Scheme, Sligo County Council in partnership with Nazareth Housing Association. In Collaboration with Artist Catherine Fanning

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VISUAL ARTISTS IN PRISON SCHEME AWARD, Castlerea Prison, Co.Roscommon Ireland, December 2016. The Award is co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Department of Justice, Equality and Reform and administered by the Prison Education Service. 

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'What if we got it wrong' curated by Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Traveling Exhibition 
West Cork Arts Centre, 29.10-13.12.2016
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 16.09-16.10.2016
Wexford Arts Centre, 10.06-29.07.2016
F.E.McWilliam Gallery, N.I. 12.02-16.04. 2016
Centre Culturel Irlandais, 25.09-4.11 2015 
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Chashama, New York, 'Contained' Curated by Lauren Smith, Sept 8-17th 2106
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New York Art Residency and Studio (NARS) Foundation, 'Entree/Encore', Public Artist Talk, 6-8pm, August 23rd 2016,
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Ortega y Gasset Project, New York, 'Goldenrod', Public Intervention, 3-6 pm, August 14 2016 
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New York Foundation for the Arts, Immigrent Artist Mentoring Program, New York, June-October 2016
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Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, Education Fellowship and Residency Award, June-August 2016
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'A Dyeing Art' selected group show, Spartanburg Art Museum, SC, USA. 29.09.2015 - 01.14.2016
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TOUCHING AND TASTING IS NOT FORBIDDEN

GOLDENROD
a public intervention and pop-up tea shop


What is touching and tasting?  What does it mean to yield to a tactual provocation as the recipients of art? Does activation of the senses, other than vision, launch some other mechanism for the understanding of works of art? Through the reassessment of a daily activity, GOLDENROD examines how memory can inform our present day perspective.
During a two month residency at The Wassaic Project in the fall of 2015 (Wassaic, NY), Brigitta Varadi collected and dried local goldenrods following her grandmother’s knowledge. She created 1000 Goldenrod Tea bags, each numbered and signed, accompanied by 100 screen printed tea boxes. The work echoed Varadi’s grandmother’s own practice: a process-oriented labor and old tradition passed down from each generation.  The tea becomes a symbol for both the artist and the audience to question and examine multiple levels of depth regarding memories of the past.  In addition to the tea, Varadi created objects using textured wool dyed with goldenrod – hand felted and hand stitched – to provide a platform for an intimate engagement of conversing and tea drinking.

Image by Sonja John

Each Goldenrod Tea box had an information leaflet included.

The story of the Goldenrod Tea:
When I was little my grandmother took me with her to collect herbs which she turned into teas, creams and tinctures.  I grew up by the fragrance of drying herbs; there was always a cream or tea simmering on the stove. 
During my walks in Wassaic, NY, I came across a meadow on Deep Hollow Road shimmering in golden yellow under the sun. 
Goldenrod has long been used as herbal medicine among Native Americans who introduced the herb to the colonists. After the Boston Tea Party, the herb became the main source for tea: it became known as ‘Liberty Tea’.
Your organic 100% biodegradable tea bag contains handpicked and dried goldenrod (solidago odora).
                                                                                                                                                                        - Brigitta Varadi

Public Interventions:

2017  Spring Break Art Show, ArtsSlant, curated by Joel Kunnen, February 28th-March 6th, New York, USA
2016 Ortega y Gasset Project, curated by Will Hutnick, July 14th, Brooklyn, NY, USA 
2016 Wassaic Project, Summer Festival, July 6th,  Wasaic, NY, USA,
2016 Wassaic Project, Summer Festival, July 7th,  Wasaic, NY, USA,
2015 Wassaic Residency, October 30th, Wassaic, NY, USA
2015 Wassaic Residency, October 31st, Wasaic, NY, USA