exhibition

Minnesota Mean: Participatory Work @ MCAD

Part of The Twin Cities Takeover, Minnesota Mean: The Students Take Measure is a student exhibition of activist work on display in the Main Gallery from January 16th to March 6th.

On February 22nd, two of my participatory works will be installed, Untitled (Sexuality as Identity) and Untitled (Perpetuating the Cycle), a new piece proposed specifically for this show.

I invite you to stop into MCAD before March 6th to interact directly with these works as I confront and question our contributions to rape culture in the United States.

There is a revolving schedule of work and performances throughout this entire time frame to experience as well!

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Thoughts & Exploration

New Work: Gender & Sexuality Expectations

Over the 5 week break between semesters, I began working on 5 new paintings with the goal of further defining the imagery and color scheme for a 4’x8′ participatory work that will be a part of MCAD’s Minnesota Mean student project.

This week, I sat down to analyze what these new works are communicating through a breakdown of a brand new arrangement of imagery:

Flaps
Knots/Bows
Curtains
Nails (physically hammered into the painting)
Black String (wrapped around the nails)
Genitalia
Stems/Fruit/Vegetable associations

WIP Clown

The predecessor for this new visual vocabulary, a WIP nicknamed “Clown”.

 

What I found in these elements is a complex language of finding a solution, an understanding, or feeling of being “whole” as a woman and a survivor of sexual violence. These paintings are a display of my conflicting ideas about gender and sexuality, through bodily associations, personal color symbolism, and attempts at tension versus acceptance, societal expectations versus self worth.

 

As I cut out and put the finishing touches on these works, I will continue to think about how these paintings function alongside or in contrast to the participatory pieces I’ve created, and what message specifically do I intend to communicate with my audience as I move forward.

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