Embrace, Release, Surrender: A Self-Care Support System is a transformative journey that navigates commercialized self-care led by artists Katie Rauth and Lea Devon Sorrentino. Through this immersive experience the group will conduct discussions and creative exercises, encouraging participants to hop off the never ending cycle of self-betterment in a response to communal problems. Together, we'll challenge the relentless pursuit of external success and redefine our understanding of genuine well-being. Amidst our reflections, we'll confront the notion of mortality by recognizing life's impermanence. Let us cope with being GOOPed and lead one another out of the delusion of self-care and self-control. 

Saturday October 21
5:30-7:00 PM


Katie Rauth (she/they) is a fat, queer multidisciplinary artist working between sculpture, performance, community organizing, and curating based in Chicago. Through their practice, they are involved in supporting dialogue within radical fat liberationist politics, questioning the delicate boundaries of care and control in public and private concerns around health and wellness. Drawing from Dutch Protestant vanitas imagery and personal experiences navigating classed systems of etiquette, Rauth’s work considers the morality placed on consumption and the complicated ethics of pleasure and indulgence.

Lea Devon Sorrentino (she/her)  is a multimedia and performance artist based in Philadelphia. Her practice is an auto-ethnographic investigation of my life in pursuit of understanding the contradictions of American success. She uses humor and popular culture to investigate the emotional investments we place in possessions and entertainment to create individuality. Or, in not art speak, she wants to know why we love things that hurt us and cry at reality television. Lea has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and is known for introspective storytelling of American and digital culture. Her work encompasses installation, video, service aesthetics, thoughtful writing, and performance. These endeavors had her named among the “Artists to Watch″ by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.


Atelier Gallery 1301 N 31st St Suite 2, Philadelphia, PA 19121


Atelier Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Accesible bathrooms on location. Water and snacks will be provided. ASL interpretation, on-site childcare and Spanish translation upon request ( you can specify your requests in the Eventbrite). 


A collage of two portraits of white people. To the left of the image there is a portrait of a person with brown hair cropped at the shoulder, an arm tucked behind their head, looking up with a smile. On the right of the image is a person with long blond hair, glasses, a smile on their face and a hand that faces up. The image crops their bodies at the waist, and in the background there are two graphic circles surrounding the figures.The image is heavily treated and has a black to orange gradient.


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