Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!
Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Carrie Yury
Carrie Yury is an artist living and working in Southern California. She is interested in issues surrounding the body, vulnerability, and empathy. Yury works in various media, including photography, drawing, sculpture, and music.
Feminist Artist Statement
My goal as an artist is to expose and understand how, particularly for women, the private is political. I use a variety of media to explore the tensions between private and public acts, versions of the self, and codes of behavior.
Women who do things in public that they’re not supposed to do fascinate me. I’m not that brave. In (My) Performance Anxiety drawings, I drew animal masks onto the faces of famous feminist performance artists who perform naked. These gestural drawings not only express my respect for my feminist progenitors, but also explore my own feelings of personal inadequacy and anxiety for my inability to perform without wearing a mask.
Intimate bodies are political bodies. For example, my Room series twists classic ideals of the art-historical female nude. Unlike most nudes that portray women in an anonymous space, the photographs in Room are contextual portraits. I chose to emphasize the domestic environments of each nude woman as a means to paint a rich picture of who they are as individuals.
Intimate fantasies encode and propagate power dynamics. Based on hyper-feminized comic book heroines, my Hairpieces sculptures are elaborate wall-mounted manes of horn-like phallic head wands. These sculptures create fantastical connections between sexual fantasy, power, and women’s hair.
I want to understand our fascination with other people’s private lives. My latest work is a series of photographic triptychs of men and women trying to make it as reality TV stars. The series explores the tensions between voyeurism and exhibitionism, dignity and shame.
Disruptive and revealing things happen when women’s imagined thoughts, intimate acts, domestic spaces, and private fantasies are exposed in the public sphere. The private is a political site, rich with the potential for change.
Carrie Yury website
Sam Lee Gallery