Swamp yell

A Queer Art Collective

 

To bring together queer artists with radical openness and unfiltered expression. To embark on the power of process and community to reveal the individual and collective truths we discover. In order to provide a platform to witness a variety of voices and experiences.

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Jess Pope - she/her

Jess Pope - she/her

Dance | Film | Performance Art

Jess Pope graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with her BA and is working towards her masters in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Art. Her work challenges the value system under a patriarchal society. To shine a light, through art and performance, on the injustices put on people of color, Native Americans, the LGBTQ+ community and women. To create a space for controversy and conversation.

 

Shannon Fortner - they/them

Shannon Fortner - they/them

Music | Performance Art

Shannon Fortner, a visionary musician, performance artist, and talent buyer, is the co-founder of Swamp Yell. Renowned for crafting immersive soundscapes and unforgettable installations, Shannon is passionate about pushing artistic boundaries. As a queer, non-binary individual, they explore innovative ways of communication through art, aiming to connect and inspire audiences on a profound level. With a vocal style reminiscent of a jazzy Björk, Shannon brings a truly unique and inclusive perspective to the artistic landscape. Eager to collaborate with fellow boundary-pushers, Shannon seeks to create transformative experiences through their art.

Gabriele Keusch - she/her

Gabriele Keusch - she/her

Dance | Film | Performance Art

Gabriele Keusch is a queer poet and performance artist, creating atmospheric landscapes dripping in history, her own muses, and a meditative blossoming. A long time Florida transplant, who uses ritual, metaphor, raw materials and the power of vulnerability in her performances.  



Amber McNew - they/them

Amber McNew - they/them

Performance Art | Theatre

Mr. Starrrman (Amber McNew) is a New York based Drag King and Actor (*AEA). They received their MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and spent many years before that managing and choreographing Laramie Tropes Burlesque and the Dragonettes in Laramie, WY. Drag is art. Drag is activism. Drag saved my life. I could not be more proud to raise my voice with so many in this beautiful LGBT+ community to let everyone know we are here and we aren’t going anywhere.

Grace Korley - she/they

Grace Korley - she/they

Movement | Fibre Art

Grace Korley’s artistic practice delves deeply into cultural expression, drawing inspiration from their identity as a Bipoc first-generation Ghanaian. Through their work in fiber art and movement, Grace explores the intricate connections between culture, identity, and expression.

In their fiber art, Grace incorporates traditional Ghanaian weaving techniques and materials, infusing their pieces with a sense of heritage and cultural pride. They use colors, patterns, and textures that reflect their cultural background, creating artworks that serve as a visual representation of their identity and heritage.

In their movement work, Grace explores the ways in which cultural traditions and practices influence and shape movement patterns and expressions. 

Overall, Grace’s work is a powerful exploration of the ways in which culture informs and shapes our identities and expressions, and a celebration of the richness and diversity of cultural heritage.

Erne Murphy -

Erne Murphy -

Performance Art | Music | Film | Visual Artist

Mosephine (Erin “Erne” Murphy) sounds like “an underwater spaghetti western,” scored and seared with electrified vocals, guitar, and atmospheric textures. Performances have been called “simultaneously heartfelt and terrifying,” with influence from artists like Patti Smith, Patsy Cline, and musique concrete.
 
Having also been part of the Equines, Teach Me Equals, and joyful collaborations with artists across North America, Murphy’s odyssey exploring multimedia folk art has expanded from dance floors to film scores and other digital mediums, weaving those experiments as accompaniments for Mosephine stage performances.
Michael Burphy -he/him

Michael Burphy -he/him

Visual/ Projection |Performance Art | Music

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