by Zipporah Camille Thompson
Victory garden uplifts Black Womxn athletes, highlights their demands for social justice, and acknowledges their prioritization of their mental health. Created out of necessity, in victory garden, Black Womxn in sports -Olympians and non-Olympians alike- occupy space unrestrictedly and are honored for their talents and achievements within a society designed to all but guarantee their failure. Victory garden reveres Black Womxn athletes’ expressions, raised fists, tenacity, coping strategies, pauses … Herein they’re watered and cultivated, and they blossom. Sweet, sweet victory to these champions, these goddesses.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Zipporah Camille Thompson (she.her.hers) is an installation artist, sculptor, and activist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Thompson explores alchemical transformations through clay + textiles, examining marginalized bodies and eliciting social change through her work. Sculpted shapeshifters and hybrid landscapes investigate otherness. She received her MFA from the University of Georgia and her BFA from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Her work has been featured in numerous publications. She has shown at the Atlanta Contemporary, Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, Rogue Space in Chelsea, Gallery 400 in Chicago, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art amongst others. Zipporah Camille Thompson is a 2020 Artadia Atlanta Awardee, a Watershed Zenobia Scholarship Award grantee, an NCECA Multicultural Fellow, and an Idea Capital Travel Grant recipient. Thompson is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA. A self-professed foodie, she is an avid hiker, roller-skater, history addict, and lover of the moon, unicorns, zombies, and tarot.