Artists celebrate the power and beauty of the vulva, by 19 artists working in ceramics, drawing, fiber and fabric, painting, wood and collage. Celebrating the vulva is a radical act in a world that values male over female sexual pleasure, tolerates female genital mutilation and views the vulva as ugly and unfit as a subject of art.
We will be raising money for Feminist Fiber Art and Sweet Beginnings. FFA is a woman-directed artist collective and educational organization. FFA organizes exhibits and concerts, including benefits for women’s shelters and feminist charities, and supports artists by creating and sharing their work at local art markets and craft shows as well as on the internet.
Sweet Beginnigns offers full-time transitional jobs to citizens returning from incarceration in a green industry—the production and sales of all-natural skin care products featuring its own urban honey under the beeloveTM brand.
Is there intentional resistance in the process or final aesthetic of your work?
The fiber arts are more than simply a neutral medium because they are heavily intertwined with the history of sexuality and gender. For a contemporary artist to embrace and work with such history, they choose to engage with intent. They choose to create an intimate, vulnerable, and tactile experience through transformation.
In a world where quantity is valued over quality and society takes more pride in commercial consumerism than in handmade goods, fiber artists resist.
They express personal narratives through materiality that can allow itself to be fragile and delicate or jarring and loud, utilitarian or decorative. Thus the process, the final product, the concept and engagement with fibers becomes an act of resistance. The artist participates in the process of questioning, analyzing, and deconstructing assumptions and the hierarchies of values that have existed around gender, class, race, and ethnicity.
We've asked local, national and international artists who work with the Fiber Arts, soft goods, leather and textiles if there is intentional resistance in the process or final aesthetic of their work.
Prøve is happy to welcome folks to join us to our space to see the dynamic and intersectional display of vulnerability and resistance on our walls.