Photo: Jack Hutch

Photo: Jack Hutch

Suzy Kellems Dominik (b. 1961) is a multi-disciplinary artist and emotional autobiographer known for her fearlessly confrontational work. The deliberately feminist themes she explores are realized through various mediums and serve to dissect the most intimate moments of human relationships. Her artwork challenges the viewer to move out of their comfort zone, question preconceived notions, and examine conventional definitions of feminism, social justice, and individual liberty. At a time when the discourse on sexual harassment and gender inequality dominate the daily news cycle, Kellems Dominik seeks to encourage the amplification of strong female voices with a focus in self-empowerment, pleasure, and the private-made-public.

 Kellems Dominik’s work is characterized by her diligent research of our culture’s visual traditions, societal taboos, religious legacy, and the body of the individual. She often uses her own body to expose rigidly antiquated social constructs, and to examines the role of female sensuality and agency in opposition to male-centric social and aesthetic conventions. Drawing on the endlessly expressive qualities of film, performance, photography, and sculpture, Kellems Dominik explores objectification and the male gaze, goddess worship, female sexuality, agency, and her own experience of loss and survival.