Artist Projects

I Wish to Say

Sheryl Oring

I Wish to Say is a performance work that engages public dialogue about electoral politics and implicitly examines women’s historical role as listeners. In Summer 2006, Oring dressed as a 1960s secretary, set up a portable public office complete with a manual typewriter in parks and flea markets across the country, and typed cards to the President as dictated by passers-by for the President’s 60th birthday. The originals were 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.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Oring presents I Wish to Say at 01SJ Biennial in San Jose

  • 2008: A book based on I Wish to Say is released by Quack!Media and launches at the CUE Foundation in New York

  • 2008: Oring promotes the book on I Wish to Say with personal appearances and shows in which she invites people to dictate letters to the next president