I'm honored to be included among these artists in a group exhibition opening Saturday night at Gray Contemporary in Houston, Texas. Jamey Hart: Pistachio will be featured as a solo exhibition in the main gallery. I've long admired Jamey's work via Instagram after coming across his feed a couple of years ago. Just as intriguing as his work are his words as streams of consciousness on life, work, and all else in-between. Jamey's paintings can be understood as careful and slow meditations on form, completeness, and the link between looking and feeling. In the second gallery works by Steve Riedell, Suzanna Scott, Molly Thomson and Derrick Velasquez will be on exhibit.
3508 Lake St. Houston, TX
February 23 - March 23, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, Feb 23, 6-8 pm
Familiar Friends is an examination of the power of relationships in creative work; the otherwordly and whimsical nature of the pieces in this exhibit express notions of friendly mythical creatures like an imaginary friend or perhaps a helpful demon. The artists in this exhibit use color and abstraction to present familiar forms in new ways. As this curatorial teams second project to date, Familiar Friends seeks to explore new themes in our similar interests.
All exhibition images courtesy of Stephanie Sherwood, 2018.
I’m excited to participate in 50 Nuances de Rose / 50 Shades of Pink, an exhibition bringing artists together around the color pink in the heart of Paris. This diverse collection of work aims to highlight the semiological richness of the color pink, thus bypassing its apparent superficiality.
A nod to the popular work of Erika L. James, with which the color pink shares her evocation to sexuality and femininity, the exhibition addresses the color in all its colors in a variety of expressions: plastic, technical, political, historical, sociological, anthropological, psychological, psychoanalytical, physical, chemical, biological, esoteric, semantic, symbolic, poetic, illustrative or anecdotal explorations. Aesthetic choices or claimed militancy, the pink that runs through the exhibition comes in an infinity of hues, ranging from white to red, shading yellow or beige, and sometimes graying to black or purple. Epidermal, carnal or organic, it can be gentle and soothing as much as it suggests energy, strength, even violence. Deeply superficial, it also knows how to take itself seriously in powerful and political works that embody a form of resistance in the power relations that bind us. Resolutely feminist and unquestionably queer, the stigmatic color pink here becomes the flag of margins, that of minorities of gender, sexuality, class, and knows how to go beyond the cliché while (playing) stereotypes. —Kevin Bideaux, curator
The 'Fiber Fetishes' explore the intricate web in/of our reproductive bodies and throughout the natural world. A tangle of coital life, I observe the animate and inanimate—ovaries, stamens, fertility fetishes, sex toys and contraceptive devices. I endeavor to meld the endless labyrinth of time and sensual memory through repetitive wrapping and stitching.
Suzanna Scott / Fiber Fetishes
Morrison Gallery / Humanities Fine Arts Building
UNM Campus, Morris, Minnesota
September 6 - October 6, 2018
Opening reception: Sept 6th 4:30-6 pm
CHAOS promises to be a vibrant, expansive exhibition of intimately scaled artworks from a wide variety of artists. While most of the exhibiting artists hail from the North Texas region, the show will also feature a few prominent artists from around the U.S. and Europe. As in previous years, the artists represented by the gallery are joined by invited guest artists, creating a dynamic unique to Ro2 Art's CHAOSexhibition.
Ro2 Art / 1501 S. Ervay Street, Dallas TX
August 4 to September 8, 2018
Reception, Sat August 4, from 7-10 pm
Coin Cunts, vintage coin purses and thread by Suzanna Scott
Still Standing (detail), oil on canvas by Lauren Rinaldi
Playgirls, embroidery thread on fabric by Danielle Clough
Cascade, thread on canvas by Andrea Farina
a solo exhibition by Lauren Rinaldi
Still Talking About It:
a group exhibition by Danielle Clough, Suzanna Scott, and Andrea Farina
July 27 – September 15, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018 5:30 – 10pm
Friday, August 24th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org / (267)266-0073
Paradigm Gallery + Studio / 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147
I’m pleased to have my wall installation, Thumbs Down, included in the 55th Annual Juried Competition at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana. The museum’s annual event showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in a variety of mediums. This year’s curator is Joel Parsons, an artist and teacher based in Memphis, where he is the Director of Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College and Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Art History. His curatorial practice is often collaborative and driven by a desire to bring institutional resources to bear on conversations of equity and marginality.
Participating Artists include John S. E. Alleyne (LA), David Andree (AR), Elizabeth Arden (PA), Ariel Baldwin (IL), LeeLee Brazeal (TX), Amelia Briggs (TN), Kristen Brown (CA), Jesse Butcher (TN), Susan Chambers (AR), Dean Dablow (LA), Douglas Degges (IL), Michael DeLuca (PA), William Dooley (AL), Leah Drake (SC), Ann Marie Fitzsimmons (NJ), Mark Gordon (NC), Robert Gordon (AR), Gao Hang (TX), William Hays (VT), Joseph Holsapple (LA), Gerard Huber (TX), Jennifer Hunt (SC), Manami Ishimura (TX), Perry Johnson (TN), Kevin Jones (LA), Hannah Kozlowski (WV), Neema Lal (NY), Francine LeClercq (NY), George Lorio (MD), Stacy Medaries (LA), PJ Mills (FL), Charles Mintz (OH), Lacy Mitcham (TN), Daniel Moore (LA), Joshua Newth (MO), Stefan Nodarse (IN), Alan Pocaro (IL), Pam Schmidt (CO), Robert Schwieger (IL), Suzanna Scott (LA), Courtney Sennish (CA), Parker Seward (AL), Ricky Sikes (LA), Juvana Soliven (HI), Corrie Steckelberg (MN), Melissa Wilkinson (AR), Liz Zanca (LA).
The 55th Annual Juried Competition
Masur Museum of Art
1400 South Grand Street, Monroe, LA
July 12th — October 13th, 2018
Reception: Friday, Aug 24th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
It’s an honor to have an installation of my Fiber Fetishes on display at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky as part Fantastic Fibers 2018. Opening this Friday, the show is an international juried exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging, innovative & colorful international exhibits, Fantastic Fibers is an inspirational “must see” for fine artists, quilters and textile art enthusiasts across the globe.
This year’s juror, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, is a fiber artist whose experimental techniques and expressive interpretations have earned him an international reputation. Arturo is one of Kentucky’s most original, influential and significant artists. Because he creates an extensive collection of work his artwork is everywhere. His work is in the collections of the New York City Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design Collection, as well as galleries and private collections throughout the United States and the world.
The show began in 1987 as a wearable art show but has evolved over the years to include a compelling mix of traditional and non-traditional works created from natural or synthetic fibers, and work that addresses the subject or medium of fiber. The Fantastic Fibers exhibit is an American Quilter’s Society sanctioned event and selected works will be seen by thousands of viewers. Paducah becomes a Mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts each April as more than 30,000 visitors from across the globe attend AQS QuiltWeek. This year’s AQS QuiltWeek dates are April 18 – 21, 2018.
Yeiser Art Center
200 Broadway St, Paducah, KY
April 14 - June 9, 2018
Opening Reception: Apr 14th, 5-7 pm
While all ages are welcome, please know this exhibition might make you laugh, make you uncomfortable or even straight up make you angry. Not all work may be appropriate for young or sensitive viewers.
‘Thumbs Down’ is a not-so-subtle statement on our pussy-grabbing commander-in-chief who loves himself some good ratings and flashes a thumbs up wherever he goes. I cut the thumbs off of a variety of women’s leather gloves. By using gloves of various hues the thumbs represent the range of people who disapprove of the resentful, sexist, bigoted and hateful rhetoric by the president’s campaign and administration. Each ‘thumb’ has been placed on the wall with a T-pin, like a prized specimen of impotency. Stepping back we gaze on a diamond-shaped array of flaccid phalli. This visual display of bad ratings becomes a portal of united hope or at least it makes us chuckle and feel a little bit better for the moment.
The Bitters 2: “We’re Fucked”
Whitdel Arts / 1111 Bellevue St., Suite 110, Detroit, MI
Exhibition dates: February 23rd - April 14th, 2018
Reception: February 23rd, 7-10pm
Festooned, 2016 by Suzanna Scott
Solace by Amber Cobb / silicone and blanket
Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Avenue St. Paul, MN
February 3 – March 16, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
Paradigm Gallery and HAHA MAG (High on Art, Heavy on Antics), collaborate to bring you Deemed a Canvas, a group exhibition on view January 26 – February 17, 2018.
Deemed A Canvas channels storytelling through a range of artistic mediums. This curation of creators takes a light-hearted look at what happens when artists break away from the starkness of white ground to explore surface with unexpected materials and unconventional methods.
Traditional mediums tossed aside; their work becomes a creatively visual opportunity to converse, to find new and inventive ways of handling space, structure, and content-transforming the material so that it becomes something else than the novelty of the article itself.
Artists Kaplan Bunce, Danielle Clough, Ellen Greene, My Dog Sighs, Bunnie Reiss, Brooks Salzwedel, Suzanna Scott, Ruby Silvious, and Jasjyot Singh Hans use their skills and love of art to develop unique narratives.
The show's collision of perspectives offers the viewer an immersive experience into creative redevelopment that pays reverence to the foundation of concept and innovation.
Deemed A Canvas
January 26 – February 17, 2018
Paradigm Gallery / 746 S 4th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Sharing this impactful 28 Too Many ad campaign aimed to raise awareness of the real price of FGM (female genital mutilation). Paul Gregson and Jono Flannery, a creative duo, designed this powerful ad campaign using my Coin Cunt images.
FGM is a harmful traditional practice involving the cutting or removal of the external female genitalia. It has existed for more than 2,000 years and is performed on girls from birth, up to just before marriage, and sometimes beyond.
It is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated. Furthermore, there are an estimated 3 million girls at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation every year. The majority of girls are cut before they turn 15 years old. FGM has been documented in at least 30 countries, mainly in Africa, as well as in the Middle East and Asia. It is also prevalent in diaspora communities around the world, even in the United States.
For traditional cutters, FGM is their livelihood. It is often seen as a lucrative job. But for girls and women it can lead to psychological problems, higher risk of infections & HIV, pain during sex, complications & even death in pregnancy or childbirth. While some are making money out of FGM, it's quite clear who pays the real price.
The British based organization 28 Too Many is dedicated to ending female genital mutilation everywhere. Their work focuses on the 28 African countries where it is practiced and in many other countries where it continues, often in spite of laws against it. Please visit 28 Too Many to find out how you can help end this horrific practice and save the futures of so many young girls.
Whitney Bell's I Didn't Ask For This: A Lifetime Of Dick Pics is back, this time in her hometown of Los Angeles, California. She is hosting the weekend event with the goal of exposing the normalization of misogyny and confronting the issue of sexual harassment in the digital age. In addition to a Friday night Penis Party, featuring a plethora of unsolicited dick pics staged in the comfort of her own home, Whitney has invited a kickass line-up of feminists to join discussion panels on Saturday. The topics include 'Feminism 101 For Men', 'Harassment In The Digital Era' and 'The Intersection of Feminism & Pornography'. Shirley Manson, the front woman of Garbage, is one of the panelists.
Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin FL
September 22 - December 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 22nd 6-9pm
"Eroticism is dependent not just upon an individual's
sexual morality, but also the culture and time
in which an individual resides.”
- Honore’ de Balzac
This exhibition brings together twenty-two artists, both local and International, with over sixty works of art ranging from painting and drawing to photography and sculpture. The show explores the ideas of sexuality, sensualism, romance, humor, innuendo and eroticism.
L'Origine Du Monde
Scarlet Seven Fine Art Gallery
137 4th Street, Troy, NY
August 25th - September 24, 2017
Reception: Friday, August 25th from 6-9pm
Along with the installation featuring the collection of unsolicited dick pics 'I Didn't Ask For This' will feature the work of a diverse mix of artists who span the spectrums of gender, race, and sexuality to give an intersectional perspective to sexual harassment in the digital age.
Fabric and thread are inextricably bound to our everyday lives. Flora, Fauna, and Entrails brings together artists using fibers in their practice to explore the beauty and fragility of the nature around them. Flora, Fauna, and Entrails is Antenna’s fourth exhibition exploring the work of artists that expand on the potential of fiber in contemporary art practices while still being steeped in craft traditions.
Thought I'd share a few images of my Bound Scissors out in the wild. Playing with scissors is a safe activity as long as they're bound and stitched up tight! I'm pleased that this interactive piece has now been exhibited in three venues, a year ago in Touch: Interactive Craft, this past January in Material As Medium, and this weekend as part of Play, an all media exhibition at the SAA Collective in Springfield, Illinois.
The exhibition Play was juried by by Bob Sill, a curator of art at Illinois State Museum. Play is the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills. As we grow up we tend to trivialize play and relegate it to childhood, but it’s an important element of life at any age. The exhibit features work not only about play in the traditional sense, but also the idea of being in the moment, of inspiring wonder, of invoking your natural curiosity. The viewers are encouraged to interact and play with many of the pieces on exhibit.
PLAY: All Media Exhibition
SAA Collective / H.D. Smith Gallery / Springfield, IL
March 10 - 31, 2017
Opening reception March 11 / 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Duality of Feminine and Feminist
Gallery 66 NY / Cold Spring, NY
March 3rd – April 2nd
Opening reception, March 3rd 6-9 pm
As we gathered on the sidewalk of the courthouse to march we met friendly folks of all generations. Many approached Lizzie to tell her they came today to march for her and for her generation. They told her they were proud of her for marching for what she believes in. They told her she was beautiful. I thank these kind strangers for empowering her.
Last month I finished stitching over 100 'Coin Cunts' and shipped them off to Albuquerque, New Mexico. They will be included, along with work by four other artists, in an exciting counter-culture fashion exhibition opening Friday at Central Features Contemporary Art. This will be the largest installation of the 'Coin Cunts' thus far.
Missouri-based artist Suzanna Scott challenges visual and societal perceptions with Coin Cunts, a collection of coin purses. By turning each purse inside out to reveal and reform the different interior linings, Scott teases the imagination and sparks conversation about the ties amongst sexuality, gender, money, and fashion.
Embrace rational dress! @rational_dress_society JUMPSUIT-making workshop held as part of the exhibition.
All exhibition images courtesy of Nancy Zastudil, 2016.
Innovation commingles with tradition in a quilt deliberately severed into quadrants or sweetly stitched flowers paired with a expertly embroidered dead cockroach. Several artists reinvent conventional notions of fiber art by including unexpected materials. Typewriter ribbon and VHS cassette tape replace wool and linen in woven constructions. Fiber is no longer precious with roofing nails driven into silk and sticks set afire dangerously near hand-painted ropes. Technological advances provide artists with the ability to print on fabrics and digitize embroidery, opening up new options in the world of fiber.
Beyond the tangible, emotion and character can be observed in the stab of the needle, throw of the weaving shuttle, submersion of fabric into dye, and sometimes, sorrow and devastation literally spill forth onto the floor. Steadfast resolve surfaces in a hyper-realistic embroidered black eye while vulnerability lingers in a threadbare cloth. Clothing carries deep-rooted symbolism—a hooded sweatshirt, a bridal veil, a Hijab—and immediately conjure a range of emotions and viewpoints.
Fiber speaks to us in so many ways. It can be intricately detailed or all encompassing, traditionally constructed or surprisingly innovative, intimately displayed or globally outspoken. The options in fiber are endless.
Susanna Fields-Kuehl, juror
Big Flower by Lisa Marie Barber
The 'Coin Cunt' project began innocently last summer when I was playing around with an old coin purse. I flipped it inside out, and saw a vaginal form emerge from my playful pinching and tucking. Using a needle and thread I stitched it into place. As I thought about it, I found so much association between the little pocket-like forms and the inferred suggestions that these new objects brought to mind.
I began sharing the 'Coin Cunts' on social media and am amazed at the feedback it has provided. With a simple alteration these ubiquitous objects became evocative and their appeal provocative when I dubbed them 'Coin Cunts'. Aside from the chuckles, I've found that others can see in this project our assumed cultural associations of money and women, prostitution, female genital mutilation, suppression of women, gender equality, body image ideals, equal pay and the list continues to grow.
Josh Stone, SV#3B, 2015, HD Video
The exhibit has been organized by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Graduate Seminar in Curatorial Practice class taught by Dina Deitsch.
Feminism is nothing new-it has been around for more than a century-so why is it still so important to this day? As society progresses and the older waves of feminism accomplish much of what they set out to do, problems that were always there but never dealt with have begun to rise to the surface. "The Female Complex" will present the multiplicity of the emerging wave of feminism through contemporary art. Each of the 12 artists presented uses personal experiences to inform their work, which allows the work to be honest. The wide variety of mediums and subject matter in this exhibition will form a dialogue that reflects the diversity of issues placed under the umbrella of this developing feminist movement.
My rope sculpture, Raw Guts, will be included in the 23rd annual Women in the Arts show highlighting the work of sixteen talented women artists. In conjunction with Women’s History Month at the University of Missouri, the Craft Studio presents this exhibit as a tribute to women, past, present, and future whose artistic creations are often overlooked and forgotten.
Hannah Reeves, Juror
There are 1,865 tally marks embroidered on this light blue cotton square. I'm mailing it off today to join with others in speaking out for the reproductive rights of women. It will be one of many squares in a collaborative quilt being created to raise awareness for Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt and the 5.4 million women of reproductive age in TX. Read more about the ambitious project that artist Chi Nguyen has envisioned to make a physical tally of women whose right to safe and legal abortion is currently at risk. With each stitched line representing an individual woman, the 5.4 Million and Counting project is only finished when all 5.4 million lines are embroidered. Many more quilt squares are needed! Details of how to participate here.
Touch: Interactive Craft
January 16 – March 11, 2016
Opening reception: Friday January 22, 5:00 – 8:00pm, Juror Talk at 7:00pm
My book collage, Pearl, was selected to be part of Small Works 2015 at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, New York. The exhibit will feature 260 works of art in a variety of media by 148 artists from across the country. If you live in Upstate New York it's a beautiful gallery to visit and this show is certain to be chock-ful of unique, affordable art.
Small Works 2015
November 7–December 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday Nov. 7, 4-7 pm
Gallery Hours: Tues–Thurs, 11 am –6 pm & Fri/Sat, 11 am –7 pm
A collection of objects on my studio wall.