A Pressing Conference (painting 2)

Macon Reed


Macon Reed is a multidisciplinary artist who creates objects that are activated through performance and public participation, creating rituals and discourse around sociopolitical issues and intimacy. Her work is guided by a set of central concerns around power, collective consciousness and belonging, providing an inclusive platform for exchange.

Objects and immersive installations are formed with simple and accessible materials in unapologetically bright colors, allowing the inconsistencies of her hand to show. Each work is framed through a queer and intersectional feminist lens, addressing underrepresented histories and communities.

DIY culture and living off-the-grid formed her approach to collaboration, developing trust with participants, and relating beyond normative culture. Macon believes radical imagination must be protected and her practice challenges the stories we are told and who gets to tell them.

  • Painting from A Pressing Conference Project. A Pressing Conference is an ongoing immersive installation, participatory project, resource guide and community platform for responding to the current political crisis. It adapts its format in response to each community that it visits- offering thematically-curated performative press conferences, structured community forums, or an open platform for the public as needed. Presenters and performers at “press conferences” are carefully invited with a specific goal of encouraging and empowering people to create meaningful change, with an emphasis on skill-building and actions over polarized rhetoric that reinforces feelings of fear and helplessness.
  • 2017
  • Signed
  • This painting was created as a visual representation of my A Pressing Conference project, which was a multimedia installation project that hosted press conference themed perofrmances for the public to address the poltiical crisis of 2016.” - Macon Reed

    Acrylic gouache painting on paper 14 x 14

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