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Reflections on “Walking Backward to Work,” Nov 2016, will be featured in an upcoming issue of Sinister Wisdom.
CLEAN DRINKING WATER
photo credit: Shelby Zoe Coley
“Clean Drinking Water” was covered by E.V. Grieve.
A report on “Clean Drinking Water” will be included in Emergency Index 2017.
PETRIE DISH PORTRAITS
Kate Conroy creates petrie dish color-composite portraits of lesbian artists on microbial pattern backgrounds.
Her work is an invitation to intimately experience lesbian arts and culture. Playing with scale, material, and illumination, Conroy seeks to draw in even a reticent viewer.
Indulging trepidation, her materials invoke scientific spore growth and contagion while making use of the allure of illuminated stained glass.
Opposing the set up, the works are inert in matter while rich in lesbian art history. Conroy’s work provides an index of queer women artists of many cultures and disciplines in a type of art history of the DYKEASPORA.
Using these works in performance Conroy engages the viewer by making a surreal scientific match from the participant to specific lesbian artists, thereby creating a personal relationship between the viewer and the artist. This is meant to spark the viewer’s curiosity and prompt further independent research.
Reveling in salient puns, port manteaux and always a heavy dose of levity, Conroy’s projects’ unifying purpose is to expand visibility of lesbian, queer, and trans women’s work in public settings through intervention and intentional programming.
Additional photo credits: Lola Flash and Marty Correia.