Gay Pasley talking to a visitor in front of a projection of her artwork

Artist Talk with Gay Pasley

Gay Pasley Artist Talk flyer with a portrait of Gay Pasley

October 28th, 2021

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Melton Gallery hosted a free, public gallery talk with artist and author Gay Pasley, from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Melton Gallery.

Pasley, a professional nurse, award-winning community leader, and photographer, will be presenting “Who the Hell Does She Think She Is?,” a zine made for the exhibition entitled, “Women’s Rights are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-Based Inequity, Violence, and Discrimination.”

“Pasley’s zine ties the two elements of the exhibition, the Zine Library and the posters on gender equity, together perfectly,” said Veronica Cianfrano, M.F.A., curator for the Melton Gallery. “Her essay, which she will do a reading of at her artist talk, is a beautiful, harrowing, and vulnerable tale of love, abuse, and ultimate self-empowerment. Her words will appear alongside beautifully put together photo collages of images she took at the women’s march.” Pasley’s zine will feature her essay entitled “Acting Womanish,” as well as her photo-collage work. Her photography and writing seek to capture the under-reported experiences and challenges of what it is to be a working-class woman of color. Visitors will be provided a free copy of her zine and a copy will be available as part of the permanent collection in the Melton Zine Library.

Click this link to view the video of the event: https://youtu.be/HYCRGZt-fIM

Gay Pasley reading her essay in front of projections of her photographs

Images courtesy UCO Photo Services

Gay Pasley reading her essay in front of projections of her photographsGay Pasley reading her essay in front of projections of her photographsGay Pasley reading her essay in front of projections of her photographs