Collective Incubator Residency

  1. Applications Closed︎︎︎
  2. Info Sessions!

Current Exhibition

   coming back in April!

MDW Fair

  1. Atlas
  2. Assembly

Past Exhibitions
IR 2022
  1. bree gant

OG 2022
  1. Reuben Telushkin

IR 2021
  1. Rebecca Frantz
  2. Zahra Almajidi
  3. Know One
  5. Lindsay Skvarek
  6. Yuming Song
  7. Jingying Su

OG 2021
  1. Aaron Jones

IR 2020
  1. Violet Luczak 
  2. Ciaran McQuiston
  3. Rachel DeBoard

IR 2019
  1. Laura Gibson
  2. Rebekah Sweda 

Talking Dolls

Info ︎︎︎
The mission of Talking Dolls is to empower our northeast Detroit neighborhood through justice-focused initiatives. We create a nexus of progressive art and community-led activism through access to our shop, artist studios, and gallery space for workshops, performances and celebration. It is led by co-directors Wes Taylor, Ron Watters, and Andrea Cardinal.


TD / 06.11–06.19 2022

Are You Surprised?

             Lindsay Skvarek: All my art is about being trans, I got into ceramics around the same time that I began to question my gender and have only gotten more committed to it since transitioning. Ceramics has always been a kind of therapy for me, and the studio has always been a place to simultaneously escape from and deal with my problems. My sculptures began as a way for me to deal with my struggles with gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia. The forms of the sculptures are based on those feelings of dysmorphia and viewing my by has this blob and we as microscopic multicellular organisms. 

My work is a reflection of who I am and it will continue to change as I do.

The sculptures in Are you Surprised? were primarily made during my residency here at Talking Dolls as well as at Wayne State University during my senior year there. While I was at Talking Dolls I had my one year anniversary of starting HRT and my work shifted towards being about how I could feel these changes affecting me physically and mentally. My blobs became twisted masses of guts and limbs caught in the middle of rearranging themselves. My work is a reflection of who I am and it will continue to change as I do.