Suzy Kellems Dominik (b.1961) is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist who is known for her fearlessly confrontational works. The deliberately feminist themes she explores are realized through various media that serve to dissect some of the most intimate moments of human relations. She creates stimulating installations aimed at challenging viewers to move out of their comfort zones, dissect preconceived notions, and examine conventional definitions of feminism, social justice and individual liberty through an unexpected lens, oftentimes referencing religious iconography. At a time when, particularly in the United States, 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 on the most intimate aspects of our being: self empowerment, pleasure, and the private-made-public.
Kellems Dominik’s work has been primarily characterized by her diligent research into our culture’s oftentimes archaic visual traditions, subversive societal taboos, and the body of the individual – her own body as vessel – in relation to rigidly antiquated social constructs. Crucially, she examines the role of female sensuality and agency in opposition to oppressively male-centric social and aesthetic conventions. Drawing on the endlessly expressive qualities of film, performance, photography, and sculpture amongst other various media, Kellems Dominik explores objectification and the male gaze, goddess worship, female sexuality and agency, as well as immersion into her own personal biography and that of the pain of loss and survival.