Tagged: women in art

Art Beat: Trans-Meat

Jumping rope may seem like a universal activity, but each culture puts their own unique spin on the game. In photographer Maria Escudero’s native Ecuador, girls jumping rope shout out the many roles a woman can play in the course of her life: “monja, viuda, soltera, casada, enamorada, estudiante! (nun, widow, single, married, girlfriend, divorced, student!)” At surface level, the rhymes may seem simple, but they reveal a lot about gender roles and stereotypes.

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Image courtesy of Maria Escudero

Trans-Meat, a collaboration between Escudero and her artistic partner, Sam Brown, aims to question the rigidity of these roles. Dressed in drag, Brown appears shopping for Ritz crackers in a bodega, hawking meat in traffic, and frolicking in a playground. Each photograph draws from women’s traditional roles and asks the question: what does it mean to be an Ecuadorian woman? Are the boundaries that contain these roles rigid or fluid? What are the implications of a white, American, gender non-conforming man dressed in drag being photographed by a mestiza, Ecuadorian, heterosexual woman?

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Image courtesy of Maria Escudero

Over the course of the project, Escudero and Brown met with sex workers, local business owners, and Catholic grandmothers to learn about their perspectives and ask for permission to step into their worlds. The resulting images feel intimate to the point of intrusion. While the photographs snapped in public reveal a glimpse at onlookers’ feelings, the series that take place behind closed doors capture private and personal moments. The project’s title comes from the word “transmeate,” or “to cross over.” Its meaning goes beyond the literal interpretation of using drag to perform gender; the viewer is able to cross from the public to the private with the click of a shutter.

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Escudero and Brown completed the initial collection in 2014, but this month the pair returned to Quito earlier this month to generate large format prints and exhibit them at Arte Actual. Congratulations!

Art Beat: New Work By Erin Morrissey

As you can tell from our masthead, us LC members go way back. With over ten years of friendship in the bank, we’ve watched as our work change and progress. Since she works in the arts, our girl Erin Morrissey generated a particularly amazing visual timeline over the past decade. For as long as we’ve known her, Erin has been drawing on a daily basis, experimenting with new techniques, and constantly pushing her work to the next level.

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Image courtesy of Erin Morrissey

We think Erin’s latest collection is particularly awesome because it’s such a departure from her usual style. While she’s a phenomenal artists capable of producing lifelike work, this new series is all about experimentation and abstraction. First, she creates a portrait sketch. Then, she painstakingly silkscreens the sketch onto a canvas, cleans up the lines, and creates a clean print. For those of you who haven’t silk screened before, the medium doesn’t necessarily lend itself to precise, clean lines. Creating a quality print requires patience, a good eye, and a steady hand.

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Image courtesy of Erin Morrissey

Once she pulls the print, Erin adds individual details by hand: a swatch of copper ink here, an additional flourish there. The final piece catches your eye, invite you to explore the details, and look great on any wall.

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Image courtesy of Erin Morrissey

Want an Erin Morrissey original? You’re in luck; she’s just launched her own shop and regularly posts new pieces. Take a look, snag a print, and share the link with a friend. Way to go, girl!