Daughters of Mercury
A Kickstarter toward a series of a dozen or more full scale oil portraits of trans women
by Janet Bruesselbach
Launch: September 21, 2014
Ends: October 26, 2014, 10:00pm
Janet Bruesselbach is the painter and curator, trained at RISD and the New York Academy of Art, behind Teleportraiture (2012) and I Hate Art (2011).
Daughters of Mercury intends to depict the diversity of women and expand what society considers a female body. The portraits will range from fantastical nudes to professional realism, including models of color, size, and disability. Daughters of Mercury will celebrate the beauty and personality of ordinary and extraordinary women, whose depictions often stigmatize, degender, or oversexualize them.
The Kickstarter rewards include a wall calendar with all the portraits and accompanying text by the models, high quality prints, and the purchase or commission of an original painting. The project cannot happen without at least $20,000 of funding. Hiring and paying the models is critical, and additional funds go toward travel expenses, and the artist’s materials and time.
A push goal of $30K more will fund an exhibition, to which all backers will receive invitations. Offers for spaces are welcome, especially in New York. Reaching double the goal will allow for two calendars and double the paintings.
You may contact the artist at janet at bruesselbach.com or bruesselbach.tumblr.com