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Artist Check In – Peregrine Honig

Kansas City artist Peregrine Honig shares about her work in the context of the current moment, how social distancing has affected her practice, advice for other artists, and what the community can do to help artists survive this difficult time.

How do you situate your work in the context of the current moment? 

On August 29thI completed filming a movie that narrates a young musician navigating the collapse of an audience-based economy. Summer in Hindsight creates a platform for the eleven designers chosen for The West 18th Street Fashion Show and our decision to pivot from the street to the screen. We will debut the director’s cut on October 16th at The Boulevard Drive-In, Kansas City, MO. 

More details and tickets are located HERE! 

What projects are you currently working on and how is social distancing affecting your art practice? 

Filming during a pandemic is duplicitous in its conflicts and conditions. International talent is grounded so our access to musicians, models, hair and makeup artists was unprecedented. Five world-class museums opened their doors to us because there was no public accessibility. Quarantining and maintaining health slowed some situations down but we completed nineteen scenes in ten days.  

What advice and tips can you give to other artists during this time? 

Breathe.  

How are you cultivating community for yourself and what can the community be doing to support artists? 

Take the time to remain accessible to people you know who struggle with addiction and mental health. We are always in this together and making space for people who are less likely to ask for help will soften the blows of anxiety and depression for you and them.  

About the artist: 

Peregrine Honig is an American artist whose work is concerned with the relationship between pop culture, sexual vulnerability, social anxieties, the ethics of luxury and trends in consumerism. Born in San Francisco and raised in The Castro and in Project Artaud, Honig moved to Kansas City, Missouri, at 17 to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. Honig’s work is included in private and public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, New York Public Library, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, and Ball State University Museum of Art.  

Honig is part of All is Fair in Love and Wear, the creator of 21c Durham’s restroom signage, titled Everyone All Ways. Each sign is a work of art, numbered and signed by the artist. The title refers to the position of ‘all are welcome’ or we don’t care where you go to the bathroom. The installation gave the community another way to engage in conversation around the controversial House Bill 2 which sought to limit who could go into a bathroom based on the gender identity they were born with rather than how they currently identify. 

All Is Fair in Love and Wear is a transgender-owned brand providing compression garments, or binders, to trans and gender-nonconforming youth since 2015: 

Our bathroom signs declare, “Everyone All Ways.” It is a tactile, permanent, and public confirmation that no matter how you identify, you are one of us: welcome, understood, and safe; “All Ways” always. Collectively showing groups that they belong breaks down walls and builds equality. We improve our behavior beginning with ourselves, and by outwardly displaying our acceptance in resistance of condemnation and violence. 

Equal rights is a private and public action. 

No one is a stranger to exclusion–it is the responsibility of all of us to show each other compassion and consideration. Insist, “Everyone All Ways.” Stand in solidarity to create lasting societal change. Lead a cultural shift that defends human rights. #everyoneallways 

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