The upcoming visit of feminist artist and art educator Judy Chicago to form & concept has inspired Niomi Fawn, Thais Mather and Lucy Madeline, a.k.a. “Victory Grrrls,” to present their first performance piece at the gallery.
“It felt like we’d finally found our tribe,” says Mather about last year’s founding of Victory Grrrls, whose name was inspired by a World War II campaign poster and the 1990s underground feminist punk rock movement Riot grill. “This is the prime time to be doing what we know is our calling: to be feminist activists.”
On February 11, the day after Chicago engages in a question and answer session with curator Chad Alligood from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, the Victory Grrrls present an original performance piece that puts the spotlight on three different perspectives on being a young female in today’s society.
Through body movement and action, Fawn will address the pressure some women feel to take up minimal space and maintain their silence. An active member of the art collective Meow Wolf for four years, Fawn has exhibited her work in more than 25 shows. She’s actively involved in curating shows in alternative spaces.
An installation artist and printmaker who owns and operates Davis Mather Folk Art Gallery, Mather will express her voice through personal prose. Recently, she’s been focusing her artistic energy into activist installations.
Madeline takes an “educational” approach to expressing her feminist ideas. “I’ll be giving the kind of talk on sexual and reproductive health that I give in my adult workshops,” explains Madeline, who teaches sex education in public middle and high school throughout Santa Fe.
An important part of the event, which includes some 2-D art and possible installations, is the unconditional acceptance the women show each other through their actions and words. “We support each other’s voices,” says Madeline, “and we show that through the performance.”