Fleet of Suffering
"Fleet of Suffering" is the first of a series of long walks during which the artist will collect the world's suffering as cargo onto a fleet of model ships. The audience will bore holes into her tiny ship hulls with hand augers & slip notes of suffering inside. In 2018, the fleet will be piloted by the artist into the Gobi Desert. The ships will be left there to weather and their suffering slowly release.
A K Mimi Allin has twice crossed the Pacific Ocean by boat, has worked as a climbing ranger on Mt Rainier and has served in the Peace Corps. Allin lives and works as an artist in Seattle WA. She holds an MA in Writing from The City College of New York. Her work has premiered at the Seattle Art Museum, The Olympic Sculpture Park, Bumbershoot, Smoke Farm, Tether Gallery, Vermillion, SOIL, Artscapes, ArtSparks, Arts Crush, Guiding Lights, ACT Theatre, NEPO 5K Don't Run and Litfuse in Tieton, WA. In 2006, Mimi became a household name for her yearlong project "The Poetess at Green Lake." In 2010, she fulfilled a self-designed residency at NBBJ to become the nation's 1st corporate poet. In 2011, she drew a line around 14,410' Mount Rainier with her body to effect "Tahoma Kora," a 36-mile, 65-day prostrating circumnavigation. And in 2016, she sailed the Salish Sea in a 14-foot boat "In Search of Bas Jan Ader" while guides at home piloted her to the miraculous.