Ph.D. filming ‘what women are made of’

Lexington Souers

Valentine’s Day will offer a very unique celebration for Lexington artist and Ph.D. candidate Bianca Spriggs. The self-described multi-disciplinary artist is spending the day of love doing what she loves, filming a video for her poem “What Women are Made of.”

“We live in a very visual culture and I wanted to represent this poem visually,” Spriggs said.

Spriggs project on Sunday is meant to “showcase women and how complex they are.”  The piece will include dancers and other community members, but Spriggs is calling on the Lexington community to help with a key part of her celebration.

Springs said she wanted to inspire the lay woman and her ascetic. To do this, Spriggs is asking local women to come dressed in outfits that make them feel most unique for a video portrait.

Women of all body types, races and ages are welcome to attend and the filming will be on a first come first serve basis.

“I don’t really know what to expect,” Spriggs said.

Those interested can follow the event on Facebook, to find more information. Springs asked that those interested to like the Facebook page so that if more filming times need to be set up, she fit them in the schedule.

She said the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with responses coming from all body types and ages. The idea of expressing and celebrating oneself is something she said makes this project unique.

“What we see now days is so curated,” Spriggs said. “Woman need more occasions to be celebrated.”

Spriggs has been a member of the arts community since she was 17, and has lived in Lexington “on and off” since 1992. She said the spirit of collaboration with the arts kept bring her back to the city.

“Lexington, in general, is one of those ‘if you build it they will come cities,” Spriggs said.

Spriggs was a part of the Lexington Tattoo project and identifies as an Affrilachian artist, with multiple books and multi-disciplinary projects under her belt.

As a student, she said the balance of the scholarly and creative process are things that allow her to create art.

Art, for Spriggs, is about the representation of narratives, and to give a voice to the voiceless.

In giving advice to artists, Spriggs said that no one should hold back from pursuing their dreams and that art is “not an exclusive market.”