Her:Here Closing Reception and Artist Talk

June 2, 2017

Mana Contemporary
5th Floor, Studio 547

Reception is free and open to the public, seating is limited.


Her:Here Closing Reception and Artist Talk


Artists Katie Hovencamp and Emily Nelms Perez will be in conversation with ISC's Executive Director, Johannah Hutchison, at Mana Contemporary on June 2nd at 3:00PM. They will discuss their process and purpose as sculptors and their time as ISC residents in their BSMT studios.

Her:Here is an exhibition with the organization’s first artists-in-residence at Mana Contemporary, Katie Hovencamp and Emily Nelms Perez. With these new bodies of work, the artists have taken various sculptural approaches including assemblage, digital fabrication, installation, and drawing to discuss pressurized conformity in relation to the body, land, and identity. Her:Here exhibits Hovencamp’s twelve part Patriarchal Collar series constructed of steel, aluminum, and lace, as well as Nelms Perez’s Divisoria, an 8 x 28 ft. landscape of government satellite images of the U.S./Mexico border.

Katie Hovencamp
Katie Hovencamp’s work displaces traditional constructs of gender, “beauty” culture, and expectations on the female body, shattering their implications on contemporary society. With the use of folklore, fairytale, and fantasy, she employs humor to discuss the damaging effects of imposed gender roles on the human psyche. Hovencamp often enters into the work, engaging her own body as a part of the sculpture’s form and content. In this way, she invites the viewer to join her in the emotional spaces of performative sculpture. Hovencamp’s visions infiltrate and disrupt societal structures of what it means to be a woman, liberating both male and female, while encouraging conversations on equality and the feminine. Katie Hovencamp has exhibited throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Latvia. She currently teaches at Keystone College and Harrisburg Area Community College.

Emily Nelms Perez
Emily Nelms Perez’s practice focuses on ethnic ambiguity and cultural diversity, driven by the desire to feel, taste, and reconnect to an invisible and denied history. With these works she discusses a lost vision of land, voice, and agriculture, translating politically and personally compelling narratives into forms that question misperceptions of belonging in the United States. The natural world is an essential symbol throughout her work and is seen in her material choices, such as red clay, maize, okra, and spices. She uses these terrestrial elements to connect the viewer to place and provide a presence for marginal experiences. Nelms Perez’s work considers the uncertainty of the half-blooded and the social pressure to assimilate into dominant and often mono-cultural modes of living. Nelms Perez has shown in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, and the United States. She is a participant in Debtfair, a project of Occupy Museums, for this year’s Whitney Biennial.

(Left) Katie Hovencamp, Adorn, 2017. Photo: Anna Margush (Right) Emily Nelms Perez, Untitled, 2017.