At 20, Kay Reese became a Franciscan nun. At 24 she left in the moon landing, Vietnam, sexual revolution era. After a mastectomy and reconstruction in the 90’s and years in corporate America, she committed to being a fully practicing visual artist and photographer. Her commitment became more urgent upon learning of her great, great, great grandmother’s emancipation from enslavement in 1863, and the murder of Amadou Diallo by the NYC police. It informed her practice of exploring oppressive identity, race, gender, justice, social, and political contracts and systems of belief.
Reese will give an artist’s talk while showing images from her ‘Mask Off’ series (see images), and how the images were created by blurring the relationship between artist and model.
For more information about Kay Reese, please visit www.kayreese.com.