- 2012 YUTOPIA ¦¦
- 2011 Voices From the Center at threewalls ¦¦
- 2009 Voices From the Center ¦¦
- 2008 Peace Is Not An Issue ¦¦
- 2007 I Have A Dream . . . Za Plotom ¦¦
- 2007 Human Nature ¦¦
- 2005 Heaven is Now! ¦¦
- 2003 Inspiration Circle ¦¦
- 2002 peace room / make room for peace ¦¦
- 1999–2001 Visualizing Violence/Peace Signs ¦¦
- 1999 Identity/Identité ¦¦
- 1999 Boundaries/Color Wars ¦¦
- 1993 Art Works
self peace © Janeil Engelstad, 2002, photographs and text on porcelain china, 6” diameter and 10” diameter, All Rights Reserved
Project and Exhibition at Lill Street Gallery and at I.D. Chicago, Il
Graphic design assistance Kate Davis
Construction of table and benches Alan Lerner
Photography assistance Pamela Miller
Funded in part by a grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency
peace room/make room for peace began with a questionnaire that I developed and distributed throughout the world to learn what people thought about peace. The participants were from different age groups, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds.
The overwhelming response to the survey was that peace begins within each one of us. This moved me to examine my own inner peace, which manifested in photographs and text. Reflecting on how people often gather at the table to resolve conflict, the work evolved into dinner and glassware and a table and benches. The exhibition space included a place where audience members could fill out the surveys or create their own image of peace. These contributions to the project, along with the initial surveys, were put into notebooks that were displayed in the gallery throughout the exhibition period.
A review in the Chicago Tribune invited readers to design a plate that documented their own vision of peace. Over 400 people submitted designs that were reviewed by a panel made up of Tribune staff members, a community peace advocate, and myself. We selected several entries that were published in a subsequent feature article in the paper.