June 18, 2021–August 10, 2021
The Indianapolis Art Center announces a Call for Entry to Women’s Work. Women’s Work is a juried exhibition centered on gender and feminist politics. Historically, women have been excluded from the art world, from being kept out of academies and apprenticeships to being woefully underrepresented in galleries and museums today. Along with this, the art skills that were deemed feminine or appropriate for women, such as sewing, embroidery, or weaving, are dismissed as “just” crafts and hobbies. This exhibition, open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local and national community, seeks to highlight female artists and intersectionality in femininity.
Entrance to the Art Center is free and open to the public.
Featured artists above (from top left to bottom right)
Libby Evan, Pill-ows
Monica Morris, Dismantled
Bux Dhyne, Grocery Get’er
Kandace Creel Falcón, Dirty Laundry
Lucia LaVilla-Havelin, Need Not Apply
Cynthia O'Hern, Sensing the Flux
What We Carry
June 18, 2021–August 10, 2021
The feeling of surviving sexual violence is – beyond your physical recovery – learning how to cope with the new knowledge that your body is no longer a space that you control. The boundaries of access are written into the text of law, the underpinning for our rights, the subtext read into every interaction. Some of the most common questions asked about situations of abuse and harassment are “Why didn’t they sue? Why didn’t they go to the police?” For those who haven’t experienced sexual violence, it can be hard to grasp how societal systems often work as barriers to justice and places of re-traumatization.
My work begins and ends with language. My interdisciplinary, labor-intensive practice is rooted in the lasting power of words both institutional and narrative. Using digital jacquard and hand weaving, printmaking, dye, and patination, I apply text as both content and composition. I examine the violent bureaucracy and continual triggering that underpins our cultural handling of sexual violence, using the inherent properties of my research, materials, and processes to achieve poetics through didacticism.
Conceptually driven and materially specific, I match and merge processes and forms – complex multicloth structures, sections of floating warp, hand-dyeing techniques, stitchwork, and numerous printing methods – with cultural photographs and sourced or created texts to create unsettling declarative works. I am interested in how the content of an image, document, or statement is transformed when it is taken off of neutral paper. Using legal documents, press statements, and conversational phrases as primary source material and visual compositions, I strip the language of its artifice of impartiality. These pieces bear witness to traumatic histories, mediating the relation between the literal representation of the object and the pain they signify, but can only indirectly portray. Hiding, erasing, or fracturing text through the intervention of image, material, or audience, the pieces highlight the construction and fragility of the narratives we build.
Alex Younger is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in Oakland, California and raised in the Capital District of New York State. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Swarthmore College in 2012 with an Honors Major in English Literature and a Course Major/Honors Minor in Studio Art. She became a sexual assault activist in2015, after the college adjudication of her case resulted in a punishment of 10 days of probation. Her work focuses on the systems and structures that maintain and support sexual violence, combining research-sourced texts and images with haptic surfaces and display to de-neutralize the sources and achieve poetics through the material’s interaction with the didactic content it contains. In 2018, she received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a Gold Złoty Medal Laureate from the 16th International Tapestry Triennial and a Silver Medal winner from the 13th International Scythia Biennial and her work has been shown internationally and across the United States, including Chicago, New York City, St Louis, Portugal, Ukraine, and Poland. She has been awarded residencies with ACRE Projects, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Byrdcliffe Arts Colony and has received an Integrity: Arts & Culture Association Mini-Grant and the Trabue Women’s Professional Arts Grant. She has taught through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College and is currently a long-term resident with the Studios at MASS MoCA.