I Wish to Say
Artist Sheryl Oring has typed thousands of postcards to the President from locations across the U.S. since launching her “I Wish to Say” project in 2004.Artist Bio
I Wish to Say is a performance work that engages public dialogue about electoral politics and implicitly examines women’s historical role as listeners. Sheryl Oring dresses as a 1960s secretary, sets up a portable public office complete with a manual typewriter in parks and flea markets across the country, and types cards to the President as dictated by passers-by for the President. The originals are mailed to the White House. Carbon copies of the cards and photographic portraits of the participants are the basis of a traveling exhibition and book.
Artist Sheryl Oring has typed thousands of postcards to the President from locations across the U.S. since launching her “I Wish to Say” project in 2004. Her book, Activating Democracy: The I Wish to Say Project, was published by Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press in October 2016. Other recent projects include ”Travel Desk,” a public art commission at the San Diego International Airport and “Maueramt,” a performance and exhibition done in Berlin on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Oring, an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, divides her time between North Carolina, New York and Berlin. She is currently working on a large-scale public art commission for the Tampa International Airport.