• STATEMENT

    My ongoing practice encompasses interdisciplinary installation art, assemblage, performance and socially engaged community ritual. As a yogi and artist of over twenty years, it is through my Art practice that I began to develop a modern sense of the spiritual anchored in archetypal female power. Motivated by an unsettling, painful urgency to regenerate my tribe, heal my ancestral burden, reclaim female sexual power and suture sweetly the vibrant scroll of “Mother Tongues” the world over, I make art crystallizing around bringing the power of consciousness back to sexuality. This work traces the burgeoning sacred geography amongst the underground, pan-sexual, pan-global stages we can define loosely as hip hop, queer, new age and feminist.  Probing the archetypal realm for intersectional, intergenerational and ancestral healing, my installations, wearables and happenings are an Art form bloated with the genital poetry of the Goddess. My textile works are hand-sewn, fabric based sculptural pieces made from recycled materials that have multiple uses as ritual talismans, wearables, ecstatic birth blankets, dreamcatchers and traveling altars. Each has its own total vision and tapestry of meaning. All these aspects function as would yantras - crystallizing my relatedness to all that is, the woven, devouring nature of reality. More immersive installations become experimental spaces for ritual, play and performance for creatives inclined to the sacred arts. Unorthodox Yogis blending spiritual practice with indigenous intuited herstories, hip hop artists fusing the rap cipher and Hindu kirtan - “mother tongues” based on the power of call and response. This transformational work lies under a sacred canopy of co-created ritual and magic to align with higher consciousness. This work is based in my long-term, active engagement cross-pollinating the languages of embodied feminism, yoga, folk-mythologies, the shamanic impulse and holistic hip hop. This is a multifaceted practice dedicated to the resurgence of the archetypal Goddess and restoring to sacred status women’s genitalia and symbols of fertility.

    As a queer Hip Hop Yogi and longtime fixture of NYC’s feminist art underground, I am committed to supporting a growing community of multiracial, multigenerational and multidisciplinary artists committed to social change. My ongoing interdisciplinary practice encompasses installation, fabric assemblage, performance, teaching, critical writing, curating and socially engaged community ritual. My work unfolds along a trajectory interrogating the subversive power of the queer body at play. I’m invested in the shamanic medium as prehistoric queer and the Artist as wielder of a most ancient form of anti-authoritarian power and sensuous (spiritual) pleasure for use by bodies situated at the borderlands of gender, race, class, pleasure and power. This work is based in my long-term, active engagement cross-pollinating lineages of embodied feminism, yoga, folk-mythology and hip hop. As a femme, able-bodied, racially mixed women with white privilege, I acknowledge that my language and aesthetic entails a privilege to pick and choose what aspects of Blackness I shoulder. Ancient practices rooted in traditions of the greater African Diaspora fold into my practice as agents of healing; accounting for Africa as the cradle of humanity and American popular culture and music as quintessentially Black. I intend that my overall practice champions accessible wellness, anti-racism, repair of our environment and a return to matrifocal nature-based consciousness. Invoking the ecstatic roots of religion, my current practice is the fruit of 20+ years studying the science of yoga, including a collaboration with UNDAKOVA (native New Yorker 1st generation Hip Hop MC) pioneering a unique fusion of hip hop and yoga under the umbrella of ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS urban mystery skool. Collaborative, socially-engaged sacred rituals strike ground where love is the neutralizing aspect and a diversity of cultural traditions are intertwining and mutually established. My understanding is that while none of us “own” these wisdom traditions, few of us know them in full, nor were they meant to be static and finite. Although I may appear as a white artist borrowing from Black and Hindu culture in the 21st century, I’m also a mystic engaged in a tradition that predates history, colonialism and the racial divide. Worship of the Great Mother (she’s Black) is so deeply lodged in our psyche having been the basis of the Earth's civilizations for millennia, when compared with the longevity of this tradition, white male patriarchal capitalism appears as no more than a hiccup on the radar of time. This doesn’t disavow lived experience of BIPOC, nor should we stop practicing anti-racism and uprooting the white supremacist state. Traversing the realms of art, ancestors and alchemy, my creative philosophy embraces a spiritual-ecology informed view drawing from colloquial vegetation magic, prehistorical matrifocal traditions and animal ceremonialism to demonstrate how Black Ecology and food justice are essential to sustaining life on Earth.

    ABOUT KATIE

    Katie Cercone Or Nah is an artist, scribe, priextexx and spiritual gangsta hailing from the blessed coast. Cercone has performed or shown work in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Momenta Art, C24 Gallery, Changjiang Museum China, Dodge Gallery and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. She has published critical writing in ART PAPERS, White Hot, Posture, Brooklyn Rail, Hysteria, Bitch Magazine, Utne Reader and N.Paradoxa. As co-leader of the radical, queer, transnational feminist collective Go! Push Pops, Cercone spearheaded a 400-women strong takeover of the Whitney Museum in 2014 known as “The Clitney Perennial,” and was awarded the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice the same year. In 2015 she was a J.U.S.F.C. Fellow for the U.S.-Japan Exchange Program in Tokyo. Her work has been featured in Dazed, MILK, Interview, Japan Times, Huffington Post, ART 21, Hyperallergic, PAPER, Art Fag City, Washington Post, and Art Net TV among others.  Cercone has curated shows for Momenta Art, KARST (UK), Cue Art Foundation, Local Project and NurtureArt. Cercone is adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts where she teaches GENDER TROUBLE in the Visual & Critical Studies Department. A pioneer of Hip Hop Yoga Katie was awarded the Franklin Furnace Award Fund in 2020.

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