Portia Munson is a visual artist who works in a range of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture and installation. She created a pink table installation that is really outstanding.
Portia focuses primarily on environmental and cultural themes seen from a feminist perspective. Munson’s work has been shown in major public and private exhibition spaces since the early 1990s, when she had a “White Room” exhibition at White Columns (NY 1993) and was included in the “Bad Girls” show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY 1994). In 2015, she create a large-scale light box installation at the Bryant Park subway station for New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Her art installations are a contemplation and comment on our manufactures perception of nature. We as a culture are defined by the objects we mass-produce, consume and throw away. She collects these objects and assemble them into congested installations, in essence using as her resource to refuse of consumer culture that usually ends up in landfills, what you might call “the backside of the mall”.
The resonance of Munson’s work in the present was affirmed at Frieze Art fair. The centerpiece of P.P.O.W’s feminist-focused stand at Frieze London, her Pink Project: Table (1994/2016), a surface covered in a taxonomy of discarded pink plastic objects—combs, mirrors, heart-shaped boxes, dildos, deodorants—was lauded widely, dominating column inches, Instagram feeds, and cocktail conversations. It’s a prime example of the artist’s deft ability to harness the trappings of femininity that have so long defined and confined women, in service of a sharp, at times dark, critique.
“I was always really attracted to and loved the color pink, but I think I wanted to know what it was about,” she explains. “When I got to art school, and later, I was thinking, well what is it about this color? Why am I attracted to it? It can’t just be that it symbolizes passive prettiness.” She went on to expound the color’s force, and to capitalize on the way it has been used to categorize women.
See also Digital Art with Pink Bubbles HERE!