A-Ha. Millennial Women Artists Using Humor to Mitigate the Abject
I’m currently studying works on/with paper by millennial women artists who use humor as a strategy to both transgress and “tame” abject and repulsive content and expression in their artwork. Specifically, I’m interested in how this generation of female artists continue the second-wave feminist artist tradition of engaging in visual strategies that are repellent, while at the same time shifting those historical approaches by using humor to complicate viewer responses.
I’m particularly interested in artists who use printmaking. I hope to better understand how processes that feature the multiple, repetition, and transformation are being used to assert the narrative and formal properties of humor while, at the same time, are expressing the emotional, visceral and cognitive aspects of the repulsive. I’m exploring how these artists set up and subvert expectations about what the work is “about” on, and with, paper.
This research—a work in progress‑‑ may produce an article and/or curated show.
If you are an artist interested in this topic OR a millennial woman artist working on/with paper using humor and the repulsive in your work and would like to share your work and/or thoughts, please contact me at: