Faces of Femme - Triangle Community Foundation

The Durham Art Guild and the Triangle Community Foundation present "Faces of Femme" featuring new portraits by Sass Art. This exhibition, on view in the Foundation's office space, explores the complexities of femme identity through up-close and colorful portraits of the femme power and perspective.

This exhibition will be on view from February - July, 2018 at the Triangle Community Foundation.

Join us for a public reception hosted by the Triangle Community Foundation on March 15 from 5-7pm

Triangle Community Foundation
The Frontier at RTP (New Location)
800 Park Offices Dr. Suite 201
Durham, NC
View by appointment at 919-474-8370
Faces of Femme
Artist Statement by Sass Art
In 2015, a handful of femmes including myself conceived Feminine Dominance, an art collective based in Carrboro, NC. I am here to tell you now what we knew then -- that “the feminine is despised, fetishized, undermined. The feminine is complex, creative and a source of power in many of us.” We threw art parties with intent. Intentionality directed towards community love, safety, expression and liberation.
Although my work as a painter began a couple of years before the conception of Feminine Dominance, I began this work - these portraits - at that same time and with those same intentions. To explore femininity in gender, race, religion, identity and class.
I paint with a femme, queered perspective, situating my subjects (friends, now family) in front of flowing fabrics lit by strong if feminine colors. I rub oil into the subject’s face, neck and shoulders. The oiled body begins to mimic an embryonic state in which the oil preserves the subject’s physical form while reflecting emotional developments (mine and theirs) in a new, re-imagined world. Physically, the oil creates a soft, wet texture that reflects the colors of the fabric (world) back on the subject - it creates a Union between the subject and myself, physical/emotional, real/imagined, feminine/dominant. The queered subject interacts with a queer world.
Their faces, now painted some several feet wide and tall in bold, loud color cannot be ignored. The viewer can no longer concern themselves with their own emotion and gaze, but are forced by the feminine hand (my hand) to recognize (and perhaps attempt to reconcile) the subject’s strength in their gaze/emotion/ identity/politics/gesture. The face of women? Femmes? They cannot and will not be ignored, despised fetishized or undermined. 
The featured images is "RoseButch, They/Them" by Sass.

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Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm
Sunday 1pm - 6pm
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120 Morris St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-2713

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