The Abject Goddess is a group show featuring the work of Alexia Marouli, Gígja Jónsdóttir, Jessica Fertonani Cooke, Taylor Lowe, Vasudhaa Narayanan, Nasim Moghadam and Hilary Bond.
“Through art we transcend capitalist, male-dominant rhetoric and communicate our deepest desires to break the cycle of abuse toward the self and become whole. We are a group of artists, brought together by disturbances around present day socio-political female degradation. We have diverse cultural upbringings (coming from Iceland, Greece, Brazil, India, and Hawaii), yet we are bound together by our affinity toward exploration of the sacred femininity.
Through our collective experiences as women, we feel most complete with full acceptance of all the parts of our female selves. We seek to normalize and maximize the shadow (abject, vile, and wretched) side of the Goddess. We investigate the patriarchal language that hinders our fullness as women in society, family and in universal frequency. Both female and male disgust towards blood, menstruation, giving birth, female sexuality, and extreme emotional states leads to objectification; thus subjecting women to repeated cycles of suppression. Help us to unveil the future of feminism.”
Image: Vasudhaa Narayanan, Menstrual Bindi, 2017
The Swell Gallery is located on the first floor of SFAI's Fort Mason Campus at Pier 2, 2 Marina Boulevard.