Art show detailing environmental illness gets great press

by | Dec 4, 2011 | Art, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, Chemical Sensitivity News, Chronic Fatigue / ME News, Featured, NEWS | 0 comments

Calfornia Girl - A Retrospective Debut by Monet Clark

Performance artist Monet Clark’s most recent show, “California Girl” at the Krowswork Gallery in Oakland, California is getting great reviews. The show is a retrospective of 20 years of work that details her body’s visible descent into environmental illness, as well as her recovery. Monet juxtaposes images of herself as a malnourished, skeleton-like wisp of a person on the brink of death with a fleshier, healthier version of herself in sexy, provocative poses.

Poisoning/Phoenix Performance Document #4In their review The Fine Line Between Sexy and Sickness, Hyperallergic Gallery writes “Clark’s work explores the tension between the power of the female body, society’s efforts to control it and the betrayals of the mortal body when it exerts its own will.”

Stretcher, an online publication that encourages dialogue about contemporary art and visual culture in the San Francisco Bay Area, had this to say about her show:

You have only two more weekends to see Krowswork’s current exhibition – Monet Clark: California Girl – A Retrospective Debut; a remarkable show that indeed eschews the format of coming out party and survey. Representing 20 odd years – and I do mean odd, including an homage to stripper culture and the harrowing years suffering from a nearly fatal struggle with chronic Environmental Illness – it somehow seems like both those things.”

The East Bay Express included her in their Top Picks, as did the online art journal Squarecylinder.

East Bay Express

All this press, in just the past few days. Planet Thrive congratulates Monet: for getting her work out there, helping to spread awareness about the devastation of environmental illness, and especially, for her miraculous recovery.


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    Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


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