Skip to content Skip to footer

Maureen Petrucci

Writhe Twist and Link | 39″ x 32.5″ | Acrylic on canvas | 2020

Artist Statement

She stood at the sink and drank the mug of last night’s tepid water. It had lost its fizz, and the boughten perfect ice, now melted, imparted a vaguely fishy taste.
Detroit ice, she thought. Was the water from the River- that old French strait, deep and mysterious, with its catfish, sharp toothed pike, and who knows what?
Was it possible to distill out the essence of dumped bodies, the remnants of ancient dwellers on the rich soil of its deep banks, belligerent squalling bootleggers, aspiring turf lords, teamsters, thugs and dueling lovers?
The hopeless and the helpless.
What is that taste?

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Collected Detroit
Detroit Artist Market
Scarab Club

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

For details and more info on making a contribution to Mighty Real/Queer Detroit, please contact us at

About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.