I’ve spent the past couple of months not only thinking about what I want this site to be, but also how I want to introduce it to the world. I knew I wanted this space to be more than a blog (although, there’s nothing wrong with those), and I also knew I didn’t want people’s first encounter with it to be a passive one. Solving this was a genuine problem for me, but after countless hours of wondering and brainstorming, I finally found what I believe is the perfect Grand Opening: AN ONLINE ART EXHIBITION!
It will be a themed exhibition titled Dark Reclamations: Archetypes of Empowerment, and it will focus on work that draws attention to the things patriarchal society has labeled as evil, unattractive, and even dangerous when present within a feminine body. For centuries, female power, magick, and rage, among other things, have been viewed as abominations that threaten to destroy the “natural order” and plunge the world into irreparable darkness. I plan to showcase work that engages with and challenges the notions of “proper, male-approved” femininity by confronting the senses with subversive representations of what it means to be a powerful woman. This exhibition will be open for submissions beginning in January 2019 and is set to “go live” in June of the same year. Most mediums, including painting, photography, video, and music, will be accepted. Sculpture, however, will not be considered due to issues of "space."
While this show is open to all artists, regardless of age, gender [identity], religious affiliation, and sexual orientation, I am mainly looking for works from female-identifying artists. Also, if you are a woman of color, please please please submit your work! Your communities have arguably been affected the most by society’s stifling standards of womanhood, and I sincerely want to experience your perspectives on the issues that touch you.
In conclusion, if you’re someone who is thinking about submitting: DO IT! Don’t be afraid to show the world your queens of chaos, your bloodthirsty goddesses, and your vengeful witches—anything that captures the dark, beautiful elements of existence patriarchal narratives have systemically corrupted and projected onto womankind as wicked things unworthy of adoration.
Cover Image Credit: Abstraction No. 2 (2018) from the Primeval Abstractions series by Eli T. Mond