What: Feral: A Solo Exhibition by Kiernan Dunn
When: June 7–23, 2014
Where: SOMArts, 934 Brannan st. (between 8th & 9th)
Feral is an exploration of the feminine through the feline by print maker Kiernan Dunn. These 7-color silkscreen prints represent her femme identity and speak to femme body confidence. The title of the work, Feral, opposes the ideas of “purebred” and “pampered” and references the rejection of domestication and assimilation inherent in the political queer femme identity.
Each different colored brassiere is designer, or name brand, and the cats are inspired by various breeds: Rag Doll cat, red Fredricks of Hollywood bra; British Short Hair cat, blue Vanity Fair bra; Maine Coon cat, yellow La Perla bra; Persian cat, grey Charlotte Russe bra. Dunn chose different bras from different eras and marketed toward different price points to reflect the relationships between high femme queers, consumerism and capitalism, and to acknowledge differing femme experiences.
About Kiernan Dunn
Kiernan Dunn (b. 1987) was born in New York and currently lives and works in New Orleans. She is currently traveling through San Francisco on her way to Detroit to exhibit at the Allied Media Conference. Dunn received an undergraduate degree in fine arts and art history from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2009 and a private investigator certificate from Delgado Community College in 2011. Her curiosity heavily influences her work.
Dunn is a self taught screen printer, learning and growing through trial and error and the collective print process. As an artist, she is meticulous and ridged, obsessive, and a perfectionist. In pursuit of perfection, she experiments with different inks and screen printing processes.
Dunn combines printmaking with performative installations that invite the viewer into the alternate reality she creates. She is a devoted member of the New Orleans Community Print Shop and Fine Art Coordinator for Endless Gaycation. Dunn was awarded an artist residency at the North End Studios in Detroit, MI.
Her prints can be purchased via her Etsy store.