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Acclaimed Comic Artist at WSU, part of RE-KINDLE

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1535 Wilson Rd, Pullman, WA 99164

In the Pavilion. Reception to follow.

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About the event

Mita Mahato, one of the leading Comics Artists and Poets in the US, will present her work and answer questions as part of the Visiting Writer Series at Washington State University.

The event is part of RE-KINDLE, the pop-up exhibition on display in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art from February 11-15.

RE-KINDLE asks what it means to reawaken love. Featuring a selection of works from WSU’s Lynn R. Hansen Comics Archive and pieces by Seattle-based artist and poet Mita Mahato owned by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the exhibit looks at love, loss, and reconnection with one another and with the plants and animals who are our kin.

Mita Mahato is a cut paper, comics, and collage artist whose work explores loss by engaging the transformative capacities of found and handmade paper. A selection of her poetry comics, collectively titled In Between, was published by Pleiades Press in 2017. Her book Seawas recognized by Cartoonists NW as 2015’s “best comic book,” and her comics art has been exhibited in galleries across the country. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, serves on the board for the arts organization Short Run Seattle, and is a teaching artist with the Henry Art Gallery.

The Lynn R. Hansen Comics Collection housed in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at the WSU Libraries includes 161 boxes of underground comics created between 1963 and 1978.