Feminist as Fuck is an ongoing campaign by artists Leah Ball and Chelsea Ross. Designed to document the many faces of feminism, the project uses portrait photography as a vehicle to access individual stories and experiences.
The project explores the many different embodiments of the "F-word" in a joyous and celebratory space. The portraits and interviews are an expression of the idea that feminism is a humanism. By pairing the images with questionnaires/statements that explore each participant’s story of feminism, personal positions and narratives are brought into conversation with each other, within the project, and with the broader discourse.
Feminist as Fuck utilizes artistic and community building practices to re-imagine the status quo. It is a positive projection and active cultivation of a world that values individuals for their humanity and their difference. An affirmation of our best present and an instigation for a speculative future that is colorful, naked, and queer. A true inverse of the world we commonly inhabit.
The "Feminist as Fuck" lettering is illustrated and then cast into precious metal and set with stones as a modern day amulet. Expressive body adornment is being utilized to defending the value of femininity, and subvert the system that often devalues the artistic merit of an artwork largely enjoyed, and often made within the feminine domain. The jewelry line is also a celebration of our hard-work and independence. A testament to the growing recognition of our financial and cultural achievements. With that in mind, please stay tuned for items at all price points.
The designer behind the FAF jewelry line Leah Ball is based out of Chicago, IL. She works in metals, ceramics, and illustration and spends most of her time making marbled porcelain ceramic art/objects and drawing women pleasuring themselves. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Reader, T Magazine, Dwell, Nylon & Real Simple Magazine.
Chelsea Ross is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and curator, born and bred in Chicago. With a focus on fine art portraiture and editorial work, her photography has been exhibited in Chicago and published in the Chicago Reader, the Washington Post, New York Times, In These Times and Fresh Meat Journal. She holds an MA in Design Criticism from the University of Illinois at Chicago and writes regularly about architecture and design for several publications including Architect's Newspaper.