CCAD presents look at work by the individual members of New York collective fierce pussy

Since the early 1990s, the collective of queer artists known as fierce pussy has created provocative, socially charged art. Throughout, its individual members — original core members Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard and Carrie Yamaoka have comprised the group since 2008 — have maintained their own individual practices alongside their work in the collective.

This fall, CCAD's Beeler Gallery presents the first exhibition to give a full perspective on these artists' solo practices.

“We are looking at how these artists have been able to sustain their own practice while being socially conscious and activists,” CCAD Director of Exhibitions Joey Tang said. “We're looking at the whole history of their work, including some made this year and some on-site for this season. We're drawing connections between their work for the first time.”

Episalla called the exhibition's subtitle, “fierce pussy amplified,” apt, saying the exhibition is a “look at the underbelly of the collective.”

“There's a queer space being discussed here. While fierce pussy may seem more overt and our individual work not as direct, there's a sense of the abstract, pulling away from the representative,” Episalla said.