Melissa Koziebrocki A ‘17

Feeding Dress_Birthing Dress

4:15 PM

Feeding Dress_Birthing Dress is an ongoing durational performance that was developed at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture during the Summer of 2017. Originally, the work was a collaboration with Florence the pig, a defiant 400 pound pig, who begrudgingly had been sent to the slaughterhouse. Her remaining weight in lard, which almost equalled that of the Artist, was used to fill a transparent plastic dress. In her death, the Artist wore the weight of Florence on her body in order to mirror their shared experience of navigating the world within a fat body. After carrying the weight of the dress, the Artist sheds her supplicant skin and hung said dress from a pulley system (used for skinning game animals). In a cathartic moment, the Artist cuts open the dress to give birth to a new entity that exists beyond the hegemonic constraints and heaviness associated with the demands of the normative body.


Melissa Koziebrocki is a Feminist Performance Artist and Pedagogue whose art practice focuses on the body as the physical site for processing trauma. Through radical somatic explorations, her work dwells in the margins, broaches questions of queer identity and tackles systems of oppression. She subverts normative notions around gender, patriarchal violence, the gaze, the Jewish body, the Fat body and the body of the Other. She was the recipient of the Graduate Fellow Award at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she received her MFA in New Genres in 2017. In the Summer of 2017, she participated as a Resident Artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has a Bachelors in Art History from McGill University, a Bachelor of Fine Art from OCAD University, and a Masters of Museum Studies from University of Toronto. She has exhibited in such spaces as: the Berkeley Art Museum, Panoply Performance Laboratory, San Francisco Mint, Performance Art Houston, Highways Performance Space, Root Division, ATA Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, SOMArts, XPACE, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, The Marxist Library,  Artscape Gibraltar Point, Buddies in Bad Times’ Rhubarb Festival, Artscape Youngplace, Feminist Art Conference and OCAD University. Her work has been published in She Does the City, Theory Boner: Manifesto and was featured on the cover of Foglifter Journal.