Nasher Public: Liss LaFleur


Titled The Queer Birth Project, LaFleur's Nasher installation expands on Judy Chicago's 1980-85 project The Birth Project that posed questions of childbirth to women and culminated in more than 150 artworks that celebrated various aspects of the birthing process in the form of paintings that incorporated needlework. LaFleur's project explores birthing experiences of queer people in America and through a critical intersectional lens, presents a contemporary feminist art practice that progresses toward a more inclusive future.

Her Nasher Public installation is the artist's first iteration of The Queer Birth Project and will include a large-scale, golden yellow fringe sculpture, neon sculptures referencing the body's progression in pregnancy, and a sound element. The fringe sculpture references the visual history of the hanging mobile as both a modernist form but also a domesticated object. Using fringe, the artist highlights its playful quality as one that viewers' can engage with by passing through/under, but also references how LGBTQ+ people have historically been described as "living on the fringes of society."