This photocollage series is part of an ongoing investigation into the body as self. Two of the three photographs were in gallery shows themed on the topics of women & gender, Art as Advocacy: Promoting Equity and Social Justice for Women (Illinois)and enGENDERing Change (Colorado).
This project addresses certain existential questions about the female
body, ranging from using the “selfie” format to photographing dementia.
Simone de Beauvoir speaks of “the strange ambiguity of existence made
body,” so this exploration hopes to address that ambiguity by exploring
the relationship between the viewer and the viewed, between the face and
the camera lens, the audience and the photograph. Each person who was
photographed was also struggling with an invisible disability. Issues of
the body and the self are compounded when that body is seen as a
betrayal, through the lens of body dysphoria, or as antagonistic to the
spirit. What is hidden v. what is shown is a theme that runs throughout
the work. What does it mean to be who you were before you were born?
What does it mean to have a female body? A disabled body? A body with a
familial lineage, within a societal context? We hope to address these
questions while remaining open-ended.
With its door slam heard around the world in 1879, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
ignited a debate about what it means to be female and male. A
hundred-forty years later, our understanding of human identity goes well
beyond traditional ideas of gender and sexuality. This project examines
the past, explores the present, and celebrates a future where every
individual is empowered to live as their own authentic self.
enGENDERing Change features the award-winning new play A Doll’s House, Part 2,
a national juried art exhibition, and more! Combining the arts,
education, activism, and community engagement, our project affirms the
continuing need to fight for gender equity, to champion an individual’s
right to self-determination, and to foster the extraordinary diversity
which enriches our community.
Original Face debued at Art as Advocacy: Promoting Equity and Social Justice for Women in Springfield, IL at the Springfield Art Association, and will be up until September 28th, 2019!
Next up, the work will be on display in enGENDERingChange, in Alamosa, CO, in the Clyde Snook Gallery at Adams State University. That show will run from October 7th-November 7th, 2019. The opening reception will be October 18th, from 5-7pm.
Here are a few pictures of the show in Springfield, which had strong and fierce work from some amazing artists!
Found a copy of Maternal Mitochondria’s art project Spilled Ink in the shelves… If someone tries to buy this, Collected Works Bookstore is going to be really confused! Spilled Ink is a small chapbook filled with poetry, photography, and suminagashi from an artist residency at Wildacres in North Carolina. We had just read Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking, and I participated in the community that grew up around the book, sending free copies to people around the world (and sometimes getting weird, awesome book art in return). So we decided that Spilled Ink would not be purchasable, and would mostly be given to people who asked for it… I say mostly because I definitely foisted off a few on my poor friends! So it’s super fun to still find copies of this hidden around town.