Culture & Arts

10 Badass Emerging Female Artists You Should Know

We call it a good day when we learn about one new female artist toying with art and gender in radical new ways. Thanks to Judith Charles Gallery's exhibition "Immediate Female," we're ogling the nuanced and gutsy works of no less than 10. The lady-centric exhibition thrives off the energy of this particular moment of feminist momentum that will never be the same again. The artists on view, varying in medium, style and perspective (though all are based in New York), tackle the challenge of making art as a woman today with a diverse array of techniques and flavors.

Dana Sherwood
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Making Sausage, 2014, Ink and watercolor on paper, 7 x 10 in

Dana Sherwood's ink and watercolored "Making Sausage" resembles a 1950s greeting card gone haywire. A domestic Cinderella type dutifully ties her sausage casings into place, though the unwieldy intestines and splattered blood seem more like the stuff of a horror movie still than a Good Housekeeping illustration. Genesis Belanger's mixed media sculpture "There Is No Queen In This Hive" features long, lean fingers stacked and cinched like a bunch of bananas. The cluster hangs from a wired cage, reminiscent of a surrealist cosmetics display and perhaps a torture chamber.

Heidi Hahn
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The Name I Call Myself Belongs to You, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 in

Heidi Hahn's "The Name I Call Myself Belongs to You," toys with the history of modernist painting, specifically of the female nude or odalisque, capturing an asexual, hairless figure staring boldly at the viewer. Her body appears like a blank canvas, a living space for the viewer to project his or her fantasy, whatever it may be. And Amanda Pohan traps and bottles body sprays labeled as "Orgasmic Exhalations," made from time, breath, rosemary and myrrh.

Enough of our descriptions. Check out a preview of the stunning exhibition, which runs from January 25 until March 8 at Judith Charles Gallery, below.

Orgasmic Exhalations,001– 013, 2014, Body spray, Dimensions vary
There Is No Queen In This Hive, 2014, 35 x 10 x 8, Steel, ceramic, rope
Heidi, June 1961, 2014, Vintage Playboy, light collage, c-print, 20 x 16 in
When the by the Balcony likes the by the Kitchen, 2014, Metal, wood, bricks, duck tape, ceramic, felt, acrylic paint, drywall, 82 x 38 x 27 in
I'm A Writer, 2014, Silkscreen on latex, 79 x 19 in
Blue Wrap, Performance for video, 2013, 1:08, ed 2/5
Lonely Monkey, 2014, Oil on canvas, 17 x 20 in
There’s More Than One of Everything II, 2015, Acrylic & Pastel on Canvas, 112 x 94 in
Alexia Webster presents compelling portraits of women taken in street studios in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Madagascar.
Photo caption: Devota Kamaza
Annie Ling takes a painterly approach to sex trafficking in Moldova and Romania while addressing issues of memory.
Photo caption: Tunde’s trafficker, the father of her children, is currently in jail for unrelated crimes.
Giulia Bianchi’s coverage of women who have been ordained as priests but are not recognized by the church takes us into their work with the marginalized of all faiths.
Photo caption: Encounters with Disobedient Priests
Ilana Panich-Linsman’s photographs of child beauty contests contextualize a $5 billion industry.
Photo caption: Emily Dextraze is a 12-year-old beauty pageant competitor who lives in Westfield, Massachusetts
Julie Nyman speaks about her inner life as she puts herself under a microscope for all to see.
Photo caption: Looking through a grain focuser, the observer notices a dancer
Laís Pointes presents phony Facebook profiles of herself and the silly replies elicited by her amusing digital identities.
Photo caption: Shena Born Nowhere
Lara Tabet signifies memory and loss in her self-portraits with women who have lost a male partner or relative.
Photo caption: Penelopes
Nancy Borowick’s very personal project on cancer considers end-of-life issues through an intimate look at her family.
Photo caption: In 2013, my parents were in treatment for cancer
Nona Faustine finds spaces in New York City where the history of slavery becomes tangible, such as the slave-constructed City Hall, which stands on an African burial ground.
Photo caption: And on this spit of land Massa and I reside
Tiana Markova-Gold explores the rights of sex workers and the dangerous conditions in which they work in Macedonia.
Photo caption: Kristina, 22 years old, is the only transgender or male sex worker who works in the street on a regular basis