SAVANNAH SPIRIT

NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED

July 26 - Aug 13, 2017

Opening Reception: July 26, 2017 6-8PM

1981, 5" x 7"

1981, 5" x 7"

Conditioned to self-censor, edit, alter, blur and scratch out the "naughty" bits on our bodies censorship on social media perpetuates the idea that the human body is something to be ashamed of. Nevertheless, She Persisted, a solo show by Savannah Spirit presents her self-portraits uncensored and out of the confines of social media. Joining the 4th wave feminist movement, Savannah's work applies modern ideas of feminism while exploring it in the context of social media. The photographic series, beginning in early 2014 soon after the dissolution of her 12 year marriage, started as an exploration of self-esteem, body acceptance and the roles society places on women. It quickly changed to address issues of censorship and freedom of speech when the photographs were and still continue to be taken down from social media for being construed as pornographic and deemed "unsafe." For artists nowadays the best way to reach a global audience is through social media outlets yet without any reason these artists, including Savannah, have been left with whole accounts wiped out. With artistic freedom at stake, the only way to fight back is to persist and insist the work should be viewed with a contemporary art lens. Showing black and white graphically textured nude photos and drawings as well as a selection of pin-ups, the heart of Savannah's work is about defining oneself and the importance of freedom of expression.

Flower Girl, 8" x 11"

Flower Girl, 8" x 11"

Laurel Canyon, 9" x 9"

Laurel Canyon, 9" x 9"

Happy Pride, 7" x 5" 

Happy Pride, 7" x 5" 

I Am My Own President, 5" x 7"

I Am My Own President, 5" x 7"

Spirit of the Earth, 9" x 9"

Spirit of the Earth, 9" x 9"

Ebony and Ivory, 2017,  Colored Pencil on Paper, 8" x 8.2" 

Ebony and Ivory, 2017,  Colored Pencil on Paper, 8" x 8.2" 

Shape Shifter, 2017, Colored Pencil on Paper, 7" x 7"

Shape Shifter, 2017, Colored Pencil on Paper, 7" x 7"

Playin' Some Piano, 2017, Colored Pencil on Paper, 8.3" x 8.3"

Playin' Some Piano, 2017, Colored Pencil on Paper, 8.3" x 8.3"

Film Strip, 2017, Colored Pencil on Paper, 6.5" x 9.5" 

Film Strip, 2017, Colored Pencil on Paper, 6.5" x 9.5" 

A Woman Does Not Have To Be Modest in Order To Be Respected, 2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

A Woman Does Not Have To Be Modest in Order To Be Respected, 2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Be The Person You Needed When You Were Younger, 2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Be The Person You Needed When You Were Younger, 2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Oval Office,2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Oval Office,2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

You're Not the Only One I Know, 2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

You're Not the Only One I Know, 2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Film Strip, 2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Film Strip, 2017, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Hold Onto Power, 2016, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Hold Onto Power, 2016, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Time Traveler, 2016, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.

Time Traveler, 2016, Edition of 9, in 3 sizes.