INSTALLATION, THROUGH THE FLOWER ART SPACE
BELEN, NEW MEXICO 2022
Divinity Bathroom was created as a part of Wo/manhouse 2022, an installation in conversation and continuation of its historic predecessor Womanhouse 1972 lead by Judy Chicago & Miriam Shapiro. 19 New Mexico based artists created installations in a mid-century house in Belen, New Mexico. throughout the the house, artists explored themes of domesticity, identity, time & place. As one of the 19 artists, my installation Divinity Bathroom created a space of sacred refuge, blurring the line between domestic and religious ritual.
The major component of the installation were digital paintings that wallpapered the bathroom. The paintings feature deified women in private, seemingly mundane, moments. Their various skin tones and features were inspired by the women in my family and pay homage to my maternal lineage. Altars of handmade ceramic vessels and votives were set up in the shower and vanity, drawing parallels between religious and beauty rituals. An ambient audio artwork “Bathtisim” played from overhead similar to that of a bathroom fan. The mundane “secular” space of the bathroom was transformed into a place of divinity that honors matriarchy, normalcy, and daily routine.
ARTIST: Helen Atkins
ORGANIZORS: Through the Flower Art Space