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LTR: Issue One

Dear Friend,

Sorry it’s been a while since we’ve talked. Things have been a bit crazy; we’ve been taking the time to think about how to do more with what we have. 

As a collective, Sassafras evolved from a shared desire to build something long-term together, to commit to people, food, land, and art. We developed this publication to further research and articulate our collective practice. Here you will find a collection of stories from artists that explore their experience with long-term relationships (LTR) in different ways...whether the relationships lasted, or didn’t.

In our review of submissions, four themes emerged:  growing, eating, the in-between, and decomposing,  which we’ve used to organize this first issue. The submissions explore some of the physical, emotional, financial challenges and opportunities of collaboration and partnership, of love and loss, and much more. LTR is just the beginning of thinking through this, of making our process of collaboration transparent. It’s what we can do now. 

In the long-term, we hope to build a place where we can all work together. But in the meantime, the most radical thing we can do is be accountable to each other and to continue reimagining our practice in the context of [resisting] art markets and capitalism. LTR is a way for us to share our approach and grow together.


Sassafras (Christopher Kennedy, Katie Shlon, Mitchell Oliver, and Valerie Wiseman)

PS Do you have any land we can buy, rent, use for free or barter? Email us at  

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