Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 5:30 – 8pm

Exhibition Runs: September 6 – 26, 2019

Plates Against Patriarchy > is a female organized pottery project founded by artists Helen Atkins, Jordyn Bernicke, and Monique Rivera that invites participation from a world-wide audience. They combine handmade plates with the glazed portraits, and narratives of everyday women. The portrait plates are made by hand, created through a collaborative art making practice of three artists. Each plate gives voice to a woman, pairing her selfie with a phrase of her choosing. The phrase comes from the story she tells about her experience in our patriarchal society. Plates Against Patriarchy collects these stories virtually on social media, and through writing workshops and one-on-one meetings. These stories will be shared through Plates Against Patriarchy exhibitions, blogs, publications, and other events.

Plates Against Patriarchy will be our lead artist for Harwood’s annual Bridge: Art & Social Justice Exhibition in September 2019. The show will be comprised of portrait plates, narratives, and a collaborative installation honoring a female leader in our community. Plates Against Patriarchy and Harwood Art Center invite you to be a part of this gallery exhibition.

About Plates Against Patriarchy

Plates Against Patriarchy is a female organized pottery project that celebrates the resilience of women and endeavors to give voice to our stories. By combining visual arts and storytelling, we create thought provoking pottery that speaks to the everyday fight it is to be female. As women in our early twenties we too often find ourselves sharing stories of the objectification, misogyny, and sexism we experience. Rather than let these conversations remain unheard, we decided to utilize our collective skills and strength to create a platform where we can share our stories. We wish to live in a world where women do not have to bond over their all too common patriarchal horror stories. We believe speaking our truth will help make that happen.

Plates Against Patriarchy is led by artists Helen Atkins, Jordyn Bernicke, and Monique Rivera. They are each skilled ceramicists who have worked on several public and community based art projects. Together they create visually impacting pieces through a collaborative process that speaks to the importance of mutual female support. As artists and arts organizers they are interested in engaging with their community to create dialogue focused on the female experience. They are inspired by the strength and fluidity of clay, and see it as a metaphor for the resilience of women.

About The Artists

Helen Atkins is an artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her BA in Studio Arts from UNM in 2016. She currently leads several projects in her community with various organizations. Atkins is a 2018 recipient of the inaugural Women in Creativity “Shine” Awards, honoring creative women and their work in community. She was recently appointed to the Albuquerque Museum Board of Trustees. She works in various mediums and with diverse communities, focusing on socially aware art practices. While working on collaborative projects, she is also building a body of work that explores female experience and identity.

Jordyn Bernicke is an artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Arts Management from the University of New Mexico. She currently works as a teaching artist with the Harwood Art Center and other organizations. She has lead a number of different workshops around the city involving community experience and collaborative art practices.

Her artistic goal is to continue to engage art as therapy and self exploration with her community. @jordynb_art

Monique Rivera is a ceramic artist born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. She strives to find the unique balance between fragility and strength in the striking and functional porcelain pieces she creates. She references nature and life, combining glazes to create unique patterns and colors. @monique_rivera_



Opening Reception

We invite you to join us for an artist talk at Harwood on Friday, September 6 at 5:30pm with an Opening Reception,Open Artist Studios, live music by The Temporary Tattoos and food trucks to follow from 6 – 8pm. This event is free and open to the public.