“It started with the rageful smashing of a Trump piñata on election night,” says artist and co-curator Kristin Barendsen about Freeform Art Space’s new show “The Feral Howl: A Feminist Response to Our Time.”
“We made art from the wreckage and our bodies, which felt more vulnerable to predation than ever but also filled with the power of sacred anger.”
“The Feral Howl: A Feminist Response to Our Time” is an exhibition that addresses the current administration’s recent assaults on the bodies of women and femmes, on the environment and on the rights of people of color.
Paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, video and installations by a dozen women and non-binary artists are featured during the show, which opens on January 12 at Freeform Art Space.
Barendsen, photographer Patti Levey and fiber artist Lauren Ayer, who formed the feminist arts collective The Furies on election night, act as co-curators of the show. “The fact that Trump bragged about assaulting women and got elected anyway has incited a howl of rage among feminists nationwide,” Ayer adds in a statement about the show.
The Furies’ work, which includes a selection of color photos that came out of their election night rage, is displayed in the exhibit alongside pieces created by local artists who are working with similar ideas. A common thread running through the show is violence against women’s bodies.
A night of performances is set for January 20, the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and the 2017 Women’s March. Ahjo Sipowicz engages in a feral howl, Nikesha Breeze performs a movement piece and other participating artists give talks and other presentations including a ritualistic smashing of a Trump piñata.
“The feral howl is a visceral, primal expression of pain, resistance and strength,” says Barendsen.