Femme Salée works with writers, artists, art historians, activists, curators, educators, & other outstanding people whose value cannot be expressed in list form. We are extraordinarily grateful to them.
Kameron is a non-binary person living in upstate New York with his spouse Cal & their two cats. He is a janitor at an elementary school as well as a writer, DJ, drag king, & collage artist.
Drew Austin (he/him) is a an interdisciplinary artist living & working in Denver, Colorado. He moved here from Montana for school, where he graduated as valedictorian from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. His work changes medium quite often, most likely taking form through sculpture, painting/drawing, & light-based installation work. He likes to think of his work as a visual explanation of things that people often overlook or seldom understand; things like the human connection to the natural world, quantum theory, cosmic phenomena, religion, & especially love. He loves the outdoors & spending long periods of time in nature while things exist around him.
Bryce Armijo is a Philadelphia-based copywriter, editor, & general politico. In between his work on political campaigns, Bryce maintains an interest in Black modern art movements & dedicates himself to the art historical & curatorial process that helps connect art-making to spatial theory, identity, & the Other. He graduated from the University of Denver in 2019 with degrees in History & Political Science.
First-generation Cuban-American Lisbet “Lilly” Barrientos is an Art Historian & story-teller. In 2018, she received a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University & will obtain an M.A. from the University of Denver in 2020. An intersectional feminist, Barrientos draws from visual culture to amplify the stories of historically silenced communities.
Mary Grace Bernard
Mary Grace (MG) is the Founder & Director of Femme Salée. She is an artist & scholar living with cystic fibrosis, a chronic illness that informs her daily art & writing practice. In an effort to combine art theory & art practice, Mary Grace analyzes contemporary performance artists through performances of her own. In an attempt to break down binaries, she makes the invisibility of chronic illness visible & advocates the importance of bringing the (dis)abled community to the forefront of art historical & theoretical conversations.
Madeleine Claire Boyson is an artist, independent curator, writer, & lecturer located in Denver, Colorado. Her photography centers on the process of natural decay as seen in Bad Health’s “Quadriptych: Meditations on the Earth Cycle of Death,” 2020, which catalogues the decomposition of Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger) in a family garden. In her scholarship, Madeleine focuses on modern American art from the early to mid-20th century, particularly changes in creative styles & the effects of location on artistic success. Her personal experiences with (dis)ability & chronic illness inform her artistic, scholarly, & writerly practices, all of which explore the visual elements of (dis)ability studies, issues of care & dependency, & the wholeness of the Body. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History & History from the University of Denver.
Jessica Lynne Brown
Jessica Lynne Brown is a New Orleans based artist from St. Louis, MO. My work adds a metaphysical & ontological perspective to the themes of childhood, vulnerability, & intimacy by using simple line drawings—described by Hyperallergic as, “…achingly kinetic and spindly…”—as blueprints to convey highly personal content involving the unconscious, desire, & the body. Influenced by reoccurring dreams & memories, she uses these imaginative references to build large-scale stages & miniature rooms.
Brandyn Busico is an interdisciplinary artist based in Nashville, Tennessee, who received his BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. He shifts mediums between photography, videography, & installation. Busico’s work(s) tend(s) to dance with themes of the psyche, the human experience, illness, & symbolism. By marrying these themes with his love for horror & science fiction aesthetics, Brandyn continues to create a body of work that questions the world through a surrealist lens. When relaxing, he enjoys hanging out with his cat & organizing his insect collection.
Jeffery Byrd is a performance artist who has worn weird outfits all over the world.