HARLEM, NY, USA
I am an artist, activist and IRL feminist. Representations of womxn’s bodies ought to provide a warm, welcoming feeling since we all came out of our mother’s womb. But our culture is afraid of our power and reacts by shunning women’s (cis/trans/non-binary) bodies. I want to see the female-identified body liberated from shame, and women and girls be elevated as equals to men. I’ve been posing nude and making images of other’s bodies for the past twenty-five years. My alias “CuntemporaryArtist” is aimed at the patriarchy and the male-dominated art world, calling out deep-rooted antifeminist attitudes that we all are conditioned to perpetuate. My aim is to provide humorous commentary on these issues and the beauty of what is "female" and all that it encompasses.
My extensive ‘MLSP’ self-portraiture series (1995-present) pre-dates the “selfie”, depicting a parade of characters, making commentary about beauty, the feminine, social roles and gender, and frequently employs sexual metaphor with a sense of humor while pushing personal or political boundaries. ‘MLSP Love, Duo’ is part of a celebratory feminist body of work Cunning Stunts, created to reclaim negative language and imagery historically aimed at women and our female-identifying sisters. Shot on Maui, thisself-portrait depicts me as an alien returning to my natal soup, the Pacific Ocean. I was born in Hawai’i but my family left when I was 2 years old, I was then raised in Portland, Oregon and now live in New York.
Marne Lucas is a Harlem-based multidisciplinary artist and end of life doula working at the intersection of art, feminism and health. Inspired by the Dharma Art, and palliative care movements, Lucas uses photography, video and sculpture, working in conceptual overlaps: life’s energy, beauty, identity and mortality. Her social justice endeavor ‘Bardo ∞ Project’ is an exploration of creativity and legacy as a form of spiritual end of life care, that received a grant from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp. and was administered by the LMCC. Bardo ∞ Project premiered at Rio II Gallery, and a related community art residency at El Taller Latino Americano provided free, all ages arts programming and advocacy for end of life care planning. Lucas has exhibited at Plaxall Gallery (NYC), PICA, Co-Lab Projects (Austin, TX) and internationally in Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science (2018) a video exhibition series at Peltz Gallery (London) and the CCCB (Barcelona). She participated in a 2016 Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler Co. Factory (Foundry, Pottery), CentralTrak (Dallas, TX) and the Portland2010 Oregon Biennial. She serves as a client board member to URAM, a Harlem United health agency.
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FACEBOOK: Marne Lucas, Marne Lucas Photography
TWITTER: @marnelucas (CuntemporaryArtist)
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rtist/End of Life Doula
May 9 - August 16, 2020 'Collaborate and Create' group show of Kipaipai Workshop artists, MOAH Lancaster, CA.
July 31 - August 30, 2020 'Covid-19 & Black Lives Matter' Group show, Kente Royal Gallery (Harlem).
August 2020 'Queer Futures' group exhibition, Save Art Space' Los Angeles, CA.
September 12 - October 31, 2020 "Brand 48" group exhibition curated by Dan Cleary, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA.
October 23-25, 2020 Kipaipai Professional Artist Development Workshop, organized by Andi Campognone, Joshua Tree, CA.
November 26-28, 2020 ‘Taboo-Transgression-
BRINGING PEACE AND COMFORT TO THE DYING, an interview by Khaya Himmelman.
LABOCINE SPOTLIGHT: Marne Lucas: A Pioneer in Infrared Experimental Art Interview by Nathalie Launder.
THE ART OF DYING- DEATH DOULA MARNE LUCAS IS CHANGING OUR END-OF-LIFE AESTHETICS BY SARAH WAMBOLD.
PODCASTS Grief, Gratitude & Greatness, Podcast hosted by Sarah Shaol. Guest speaker.