Since 2010, Conroy’s signature petrie dish portraits have developed from a few black/white party favors to dozens of sought-after four-color precious works exhibited in gallery spaces. Her clever surreal ethnography continues to evolve since its 2010 surprise success as an improvised gallery presentation, which lead to its theater debut in 2012. Since 2011, Conroy has also been dedicated to the ongoing humanist intervention practice of distributing free “Lesbeing” stickers at public events. Her B.A. in Studio Art is from UMass-Boston and M.A. in Arts Politics is from NYU-Tisch. The New York Times quoted Conroy for heralding Pussy Riot as “sheros."
Because some people still recoil at the word “lesbian” my work requires a heavy dose of levity. My Lesbian artists portraits are composited over microbial backgrounds and set in petrie dishes. They’re called “Lesbian Culture.” Realizing the tiny sphere my work draws from, I fabricate in a small scale that utilizes magnification for viewing. Each set of colorfully translucent disks is displayed on a light box to illuminate its subject(s). This platform conceptually serves the work while attracting viewers. This work begat my neologism “Lesbeing” and its surreal ethnography delivered through a professorial character as a lecture with slides.
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