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March 16, 2017 – Lady Participate 014
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The above painting, Mommom as July 1982, is from Samantha Nye's series Entertainment for Men. Both Nye's paintings and videos "investigate the intersections of gendered and aged bodies, while celebrating queer practices of kinship."  From her video series Visual Pleasure/Jukebox Cinema to her painting in Entertainment for Men, Nye executes this investigation with flair. 

Name: Samantha Nye    ::    Occupation: Artist    ::    Age: 36    ::    City: Manhattan    ::    Astrological sign: Virgo

First gig: First Artist job was an assistant to a "Paleo Artist." She was this mega silver fox older lesbian ( I was 18) and she had a studio the size of an airport hanger. Her work was to reconstruct giant fossilized shark jaws, the kind you could stand in. She did other huge skeletons too. My job was to fill holes and polish shark's teeth that were bigger than my hand. Its important to note this was 1998 and she had posters of Lesbian movies and  lesbian/queer musicians everywhere. I was just coming out and in heaven!

To cope with a long commute: Usually podcasts like Fresh Air, Rachel Maddow, Throwing Shade or Two Dope Queens

Currently watching: West World listening: On repeat, Emily Wellsnew EP called "In The Hot." reading: Zadie Smith's White Teeth

Current obsession: Shark videos. Real and fake. 
 
The future: Lets just say that this holiday season the gifts I gave were all titled "Protest Preparation/Protection Kit." So about the future I will say this, I am showing up, I am listening, I am learning, and I am terrified and I am engaged, more so now than ever. 

Personal role model: Real: My grandfather, Fictional: Dorothy Zbornak from The Golden Girls

Best thing you ever made: the piece I will make next

Worst thing you ever made: In high school I made ceramic drums that my hippie friends would stretch skin over and use at drum circles... I have just stopped being super embarrassed by this! 

What's next: Im working on my next video called "Daddy"

Ladies who we should know: Emily Wells- musician, Sara Stern- Artist, Adriana Papaleo- Fashion/Hair artist, Jessica Martinez- Artist & Yasi Alipour- Artist

 

TONIGHT in...
New York CityBecome The Queen Bey of Networking 7pm, hosted by Ladies, Wine & Design @ New Women Space [188 Woodpoint Road, Brooklyn, NY 11211]

BostonMediterranean Women in Action featuring Aynur 8pm @ Berklee Performance Center [136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115]

New OrleansConversations in Color: Bernice L. McFadden & Alexis De Veaux 6:30pm, hosted by The Amistad Research Center Ashé Cac [1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113]

San FranciscoBenefit For Bay Area Women's & Children's Center 7:30pm @ Great American Music Hall [859 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109]
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