Through February 5, 2017
Cassandra Dixon (American b. 1987)
Body of Love, 2016
cotton, natural dyes, foam, video, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist
LabEPMA provides emerging regional artists an opportunity to exhibit one work of art in any media accompanied by a 30-minute discussion of their work. There are four exhibits per year, and the work is exhibited for a three-month period. This special program is tailored to highlight the work of area artists, promote creative production, and provide a platform for contemporary discussion. Artists interested in being featured in LabEPMA are encouraged to contact Christian Gerstheimer, Curator, at (915) 212-3059.
Cassandra Dixon (b. 1987, Las Cruces, NM) is an installation artist. Her work is mixed media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, video and performance. Cassandra earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. In 2016, she received her Master of Fine Art from New Mexico State University. Cassandra has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2011 she was an artist-in-residence at O.U.R. Gallery and Studios in Philadelphia, PA. In Fall 2016 she was an artist in residence at AtelierHaus Hilmsen, in Hilmsen, Germany.
Through my art work, I ask questions concerning the body, identity, and the formation of female subjectivity in response to sexual violence. How can an artist envision the traumatized female body and psyche in a healing context? How can art represent growth and facilitate recovery through embodiment in a highly sexualizing, individualistic, objectifying culture? What does healing look like in a rape culture landscape? These are some questions my Body of Love installation poses to viewers. Body of Love is an examination of the female body after sexual assault, a refusal of secrecy, and a method of agency in the service of healing. Body of Love reimagines bodies and female embodiment in new ways that reject both sexualization and objectification by embracing scar tissue, vulnerability, and different modes of intimacy and plurality. Body of Love explores shame, silencing, and the restoration of devastated subjectivity through the cultivation of power and pleasure by processes of art making. Through this work, I investigate female embodiment as a process of creation, power, vision, and corporeality. Through this work, I elicit viewers to ask themselves how they envision their own healing through creative processes and corporeal expression. Through this work, I invite viewers to embrace love as the ultimate weapon of transformation.