The Artists

feemaleartist

(fee dominguez)

the pandemic price

feemaleartist.us

Artist, activist, educator, feemaleartist, fee (she/they), is a dual degree graduate from Millersville University. Majoring in Art Education and Art she took her first teaching opportunity in Karlstad, Sweden as a textiles teacher. Lancaster based artist feemaleartist has a diverse background in artmaking. Depending on their intention, mood, and current call to action they will switch between mediums. This keeps their work very fresh and playful. Some of their favorite mediums to work with include printmaking, textiles, mixed media, sculpture, and most recently graphic design. Art has always been a creative outlet for fee as long as she can remember. Art allows her to share her personal thoughts with the world around her. Honest, whimsical, and fresh are often used to describe their body of work as a whole. fee draws inspiration from the female form and the female experience. During her undergradate she was very curious about ecofeminism and how tampons and other harmful toxic feminine hygiene products affected bodies and ultimately the earth. She had produced a body of work that specifically drew awareness to this problematic issue. This background knowledge led her to open a nonprofit chapter of PERIOD in Lancaster City. PERIOD’s mission is to end period poverty and stigma through service, action, and education. 30 States still recognize period products as a taxable luxury. Countless chapters across the world are working to raise awareness and break the stigma that surrounds menstruation. The more we normalize a concept that has been taboo for many years, the better we can support each other as a community. We need to recognize that menstruation is natural and not disgusting, it is not a choice, but it is mother nature running it’s course. fee finds herself heavily influenced by the work of bell hooks, Yayoi Kusama, Gustav Klimt, and more recently Mags Munroe (@magsmunroe) and Julia (@om3lette). They have all in some way left their impression on her artmaking aesthetic, which consists of recurring elements such as line, color, and repetition. You may notice objects aren’t perfect in fee’s artistic practice, she is not worried about drawing “the best version” of whatever it is, her authenticity lies within the intentional marks. She aspires to connect with the younger generation through her artwork, as she believes they hold the answers to heal the earth. This is what also makes her so passionate about teaching, she finds adolescent artwork to be non constraining, whimsical, pure, and refreshing. Her most recent work reflects just that, as she finds beauty in her doodles. Ultimately her artist intent is to empower the collective and spark a curiosity in their own unique creativity.

Interest in affordable housing:

I became interested in affordable housing long before the pandemic changed the world. The federal minimum wage continues to be $7.25 an hour since 2009. The cost of living has continued to climb over the past decade, making it almost impossible to manage, even for a newly graduate entering their field. This effects me and my life, along with my community. There is a call to action, homelessness is closer than we believe, especially with everyone losing their jobs and living situations, and we’ve seen that happen again and again over this past year. But the cost of living isn’t getting any more affordable, and that is concerning. I am pleased to know that our community wants to raise awareness about this issue.

Salina Almanzar

Diosas 1

found housedress, embroidery, paint, beads, fabric flowers

Diosas 2

found housedress, embroidery, paint, beads, fabric flowers

Madeleine Murphy

Lease (“and I’m carrying this rage like a blood-filled egg”)

paper, thread

After the Rent (“Hunger makes me a modern girl.”)

paper

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Madeleine is current graduate student in the Information and Library Science program at Clarion University, mother to an orange tabby named Simone, and greedy borrower of books (therefore, also big fan of renewal policies). She graduated from Millersville University with a BA in Art.

For lease (“and I’m carrying this rage like a blood-filled egg”), Madeleine spent many hours methodically stitching x’s through her last lease from Lancaster, PA. The tedious, repetitive nature of the task is representative of the tedious, repetitive nature of working 60-hour weeks throughout her time in Lancaster in order to make rent. Income instability during the pandemic made the situation untenable, and Madeleine no longer lives in Lancaster. “and I’m carrying this rage like a blood-filled egg” is a quote from artist David Wojnarowicz’s memoir Close to the Knives. Wojnarowicz’s anger over the government’s inaction and callous disregard for people struggling with AIDS, homelessness, and poverty feels particularly relevant as we face a new health crisis, growing wage disparity, and a crisis of housing inaccessibility.

Krissy Whiski

Quarantine

I paint as an act of cathartic healing and self exploration. Creating art is giving yourself permission to create your truth and share your perspective or vision with the viewer. In my art I seek to explore liminal space. The spaces within our consciousness between dreams, hopes and fears, the personal sub-realities that we create, for which there aren’t always the words to express, that pull at our emotions.

I paint daily from my home studio in Lancaster. When a collector buys my artwork, they are buying much more than a painting. They are buying an experience. In my personal life experience I have learned that time and energy are the most precious currency, and I arrange a day with my art collector to spend together as they wish. I typically hand deliver the artwork, along with a collector’s manuscript and I provide the opportunity to create a memorable moment, which often buds into friendship.

Interest in affordable housing:

I myself have moved many times. I grew up poor. I’ve had personal struggles that have included homelessness. I think humanity as a whole can do better to create affordable housing. There is an incredible gap between the rich and poor, that continues to grow, by bringing awareness to my own reality, through art, I hope to appeal to the viewer and create a conversation about what “home” means.

Darcey Barraclough

No Place to Land

I am a painter and illustrator with a background in science. The natural world is the fundamental basis for my work; I illustrate concepts through layers flora and fauna, often in a delicate balance of light and dark, predator and prey, life and death. A common theme in my work is to portray animals as a representations of human emotions and experiences.

I work in a variety of media; graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and oil paint, depending on the concept and the scale of the work.

Interest in affordable housing:

I’ve lived in 6 different apartments since I moved to Lancaster City in 2012. I’ve observed the cost of rent climb to almost double what it was when I rented my first apartment. Looking beyond the limit of my personal experience as a renter, I’ve become aware of the struggle that many city residents experience in their search for affordable housing. Many residents and families struggle to find stable, affordable housing as they are pushed out of their homes by rising living costs. In order to thrive, Lancaster City needs to be a community where people can afford to both live and work.

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