JTAG presents the works of Cat Celebrezze & Nancy Floyd two artists whom challenge to norm's of gender stereotypes.
Celebrezze's "The May Queen and her Minions" are a set of 10 lamination constellations. Each constellation consists six tri-tiered laminations, a central 5x7 lamination and 5 smaller laminations. The laminations depict women and girls from tintypes and old Victorian photographs, in typical feminine mien, only with a goat head substituted atop their shoulders. These constellations, with their disruption of the expectation of “The Feminine” with that which could be considered monstrous and malevolent, ask: What is nefarious in these forced molds of binary gender identity? What nefariousness can these molds obscure? What nefariousness grows at the heart of these territorial machines?
The Baphomet Queens consist of 10 hives - a queen and minions. All images are public domain or clandestinely mined from my family photo albums. The Baphomet Queens show ladies in various states of typical female roles, except with a goat head to call out those molds as ill-fitting and, at times, if inhabited perfectly, received parodoxically as somewhat malevolent. Choose your favorite and, instead of worhshiping them, let them whisper nonsensical phrases in your ear and see what your brain does with it.
Fairies With Boots is a series that asks: What if we replace the inadequate girl-child visage of tiny, winged fairies with muses that stomp around a bit more? In this world, girls who are lucky enough to grow up need a lot more than Tinkerbell for guidance and protection. To that end, imagine all the starlettes of the grandiose pre- and post- WWII era being guided by Black Sabbath - the godfathers of Metal sired in the Birmingham UK industrial cauldron of post war angst. We’d all be lucky to have some fairies with boots kicking the monoliths where it counts on our behalf.
Nancy Floyd’s photographic series She’s Got a Gun comprises powerful, compelling images of Floyd’s research on the topic of women and guns in three specific areas: pleasure, power and profession. Images of women in the military, Olympic event shooters, female police officers, women who own for purposes of self-defense and many others are included in the exhibition. Floyd, raised in League City, Texas, grew up in a popular culture ripe with associations with guns: cowboy and Indian games, plastic pistols full of candy and watching Gunsmoke
on television with her family. She purchased her first gun in 1991, right after Desert Storm, largely as a way
to connect with her brother who had wanted to be a gunsmith. He died in Vietnam when she was 12. Initially, Nancy was afraid of the gun, but over time she began attending Ladies Night at the local shooting range and befriending other women who shared her interest. Floyd’s book of the same title was published by Temple University Press in 2008. Her book was the rst to combine personal story telling with a visual history of women and guns in America, 1850 to the present.