March 20, 2013

Collective: Peachy Keen

Peachy Keen, latest, greatest addition to the art collective scene.

The phrase "peachy keen" makes me think of pastel colored yogurt; for Peachy Keen curator Lauren Cook, the collective's name comes from somewhere a little different. "I was looking at a peach one day and realized it was probably the cutest fruit. It's a little butt." And after looking at Peachy Keen's logo, homages to the fruit are everywhere. Lauren started the collective to provide women of all shapes, sizes and voices a space to exhibit their art. As for being comprised of all female artists, oftentimes these particular collectives (without intent, or sometimes with) become "feminist art spaces" by default. But Lauren has a slightly different intent for PK. "I don't want it to be some white girls club or some weird net art collective. I want it to be inclusive and honest and not just fulfilling some Tumblr aesthetic." And after looking through its content, it's clear PK is doing some really original things.

But back to "being a feminist collective by default." Doesn't that just feel like the opposite of feminism? Just because you're a collection of female artists, you're automatically dubbed a "feminist collective?" While PK undoubtedly expresses feminist leanings, it's more important to note it's comprised of women who also have additional things to say, like all feminists, and PK provides room for women to comment on a variety of topics. And this is perfectly great! In fact, PK is currently calling for original content (artwork, poetry, prose, photography, you name it) by "sad loner girls/women/womyn where the Internet plays a huge part in their connections, interactions, and lives." Think that's a small group? Not exactly. Lauren, a self-proclaimed sad Internet girl (that might sound derogative but it's actually not in the least), hopes PK will take back the negative implications surrounding women expressing their emotions on the web. "The Internet now plays a huge part in shaping the female identity," she said on the topic, "And I don't think that should be ignored."

Peachy Keen is made up of Lauren (an artist herself) and close friends, including Nyssa Sharp, creator of PK's logo and co-contributor to getting the collective on its feet. Thus far, other PK artists have exhibited a wide range of really exciting art: photography, collage and video to begin, and the collective has only just gotten started. Lauren admits to wanting PK to go physical, perhaps through a zine, book or a gallery exhibition. "I think that might be the ultimate goal, but I'm not sure it'll ever happen. It's more just a dream of mine." If it means anything, we'd love for it to come true.

Check out Peachy Keen for yourself and get excited here.

Written by Molly Morris