I took the time to document my latest work, Shroud, at each step of its progression. I've been meaning to do this for a while, so I'm glad I finally got the chance.
I am putting together a collaborative zine, and I want you to contribute! I will be keeping everyone who participates updated on progress via Instagram, so if you're interested please find me there @femi_vision ! (what's a zine?)
✨Brief description of what this zine is all about✨
I will be compiling hand-written accounts of everyday sexism and micro-aggressions experienced by women into a zine. Our stories are valid and we can find freedom and empowerment by sharing these stories, instead of just passively living through them. I would love for you to contribute!
✨How to contribute✨
If you have a story you'd like to share, write it down - any paper, any utensil, illustrated or just words, signed or anonymous. You don't have to be a great writer - you don't even have to know what you're doing! Be as creative as you'd like. If you have access to a scanner, send a scanned copy of your story to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If scanning won't work, let me know and we will figure it out!)
I would like to start putting this together in October (2016), so if possible please send me your contribution in the next few weeks. (If that's not possible but you really want to contribute, we will work it out!). Once I've compiled them all, I will send the finished zine your way!
✨Purpose & Plan✨
I will have copies of the zine printed, and I will send you both a physical copy and the digital copy - that way we ALL own it and you can reproduce it for any purpose right where you are! I plan to sell a few copies at local Tulsa vendors and markets (to make my money back for printing), but I really just want this to be a way to share our stories, as women, with each other and the world.
Thank you to everyone who has already contributed, and everyone who has helped spread the word! Please share with anyone you know who would be interested!
My mixed media piece entitled Ladylike was chosen for the juried show Curious Deviations at Non-Fiction Gallery in Savannah, GA. Event description:
"Non-Fiction presents Curious Deviations, a juried exhibition of 27 artists exploring the concept of the uncanny. Through diverse style and medium, the artists encapsulate both the familiar and strange, feelings of tension, eeriness, or disquiet."
Unfortunately I could not attend, as I was beginning my semester abroad in Lacoste, France. However, I was ecstatic to receive news that the jurors awarded my piece Honorable Mention! The award was icing on the cake of a truly great experience showing alongside 26 fantastically bold and talented artists.
The show was part of First Friday Art March, a program by Art Rise Savannah that collaborates with local businesses and community members for a gallery hop on the first Friday of every month. Kayla Goggin of Art Rise Savannah wrote in her review of Curious Deviations:
"It is my opinion that this is one of the most conceptually successful shows I have yet to see in Savannah’s independent galleries...this is a must-see stop on Friday’s Art March; it is rich, diverse, and will definitely command your imagination"
Goggin also cited a few specific works in her article, including Ladylike:
"Throng Kim’s Disco Mind, Zhenjie Dong’s Pixie and the Red Cross Society of China and Kenzie [Adair]’s Ladylike deal with themes of mystery and the eeriness of untold identity. [Adair]’s piece seems to offer some nebulous feminist commentary, perhaps referencing Hannah Wilke’s Starification Object Series with its similar chewed gum motif obscuring the identity or beauty of a woman." (See the full article here: http://desotorow.org/curiosities-at-non-fiction/)
Overall, being a part of Curious Deviations was an honor, a great experience, and great way to debut the new direction of my work. Special thanks to Everyone at Non-Fiction Gallery and Art Rise Savannah for everything you do to support artists and expand the arts in general!