Femme Salée works with writers, artists, art historians, activists, curators, educators, and other outstanding people whose value cannot be expressed in list form. We are extraordinarily grateful to them.
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 and 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 and 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.
Danielle is a mentally ill person living in Denver, CO. Influenced by mysticism, science fiction, & fantasy imagery, she creates art that re-contextualizes science fiction tropes while subverting mainstream ideas of gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability. She often pursues collaborations because her practice lies in DIY/punk & Marxist feminist methodologies. As a member of Hexus Collective, Danielle has curated exhibitions, performed, & created installations using Magick to de-stigmatize mental illness. Since 2018, she has studied Art History & Museum Studies at the University of Denver, where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the Vicki Myhren Gallery.
Margeaux Feldman is a writer, educator, & community-builder from Toronto now living in Treaty 7 Territory in Calgary, AB. She identifies as a femme witch, trauma bb, & sick babe living with fibromyalgia. Margeaux is currently completing her PhD in English Literature & Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of numerous self-published zines including Soft Magic and Poor Girl Trauma.
Carly Mandel’s practice considers how objects & people are medicalized within late capitalism. Her sculptures focus on how survival is represented through commodities; by re-representing these objects, she illustrates how we are all unable to thrive independent of their consumption.
Suchitra Mattai received an MFA in painting & drawing & an MA in South Asian art, both from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited in Sharjah, UAE, Bentonville, AR, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, London, & Wales & has appeared in various publications such as Hyperallergic, Document Journal, Cultured Magazine, Harpar’s Bazaar Arabia, Entropy Magazine, The Daily Serving, & New American Paintings. Suchitra recently completed a residency at RedLine Contemporary Art, and lives & works in Denver, CO.
Christina Nafziger is a writer, editor, & curator based in Chicago. She is an associate editor & writer at Sixty Inches From Center. Her writing can also be found at Create! Magazine, Newcity, & Feature Shoot, among others. Earning her MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths University of London, she is interested in feminist performance, especially within contemporary modes of virtual identity & internet culture.
Born in Los Angeles, CA & currently residing in western Massachusetts, Patton has a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History & Art History & an Honors degree. Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, a multi-disciplinary program. Patton received the Montague Travel Grant for research in Dresden, Germany, & she was also awarded a position as an exchange student at the University of Hertfordshire, UK while an undergraduate. Patton has completed artist residencies at Minerva Projects, Anderson Ranch, the Studios at MASS MoCA, RedLine Denver, and Eastside International in Los Angeles. She has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally, including her first museum solo at the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado. K Contemporary represents Patton in Denver, CO, and J. Rinehart Gallery represents her in Seattle, WA.
Eileen Roscina Richardson
Eileen Roscina Richardson is an artist, experimental filmmaker & naturalist from Denver, Colorado. She earned a BFA from Emerson College in Boston, MA & trained at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration in Denver. Through biomimicry & the study of biophilia, her work examines human’s spiritual and social (dis)connection with nature, & seeks to raise questions about realizing a radically different metaphoric mapping of time, space & human’s place in the world. She has exhibited film internationally, was the 2019 Resident Artist for the National Western Stock Show, & is a current resident at RedLine Contemporary Art Center. She is represented by Walker Fine Art Gallery in Denver, CO.
Michael Sperandeo uses new media as a platform that allows his work to escape the confines of the real & venture into the surreal. Current technologies, such as: augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D scanning & 3D rendering tools, facilitate his love for creating interactive & other worldly experiences. His work is narrative focussed & draws reference from mythology, numerology, & symbolism.
Taryn Trussell is a Denver based artist currently pursuing a B.S. in Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Parallel to her studies, working at the Center for Visual Art gallery has sparked her interest in Digital Art. Engaging in art & design allows her to approach both fields with a lens from the other. The fluidity of animation makes connections between forms & the themes they carry. Taryn utilizes this fluidity to better define complex themes in her work.