Mattie Tharp

Savannah, Georgia based activist figurative painter Mattie Michelle Tharp was born prematurely in Charleston, South Carolina. Thereafter, Tharp’s predisposition to give rise to a matter before the usual or proper time is an attribute that has followed her from labor well into her feminist practice. Tharp obtained a diploma from Socastee High School and is currently finishing up her BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to her love of education, Tharp has aspirations of obtaining advanced academic degrees as an exemplification of both an MFA in Painting and a Ph.D. in Art Criticism. Tharp is a feminist, activist, writer, critic, and painter who has devoted her lives work to advocating for equality between the sexes. In consequence, Tharp employs her lifestyle and artistic practice to oppose heterosexist tyranny and the traditions of hierarchy over the civil and identity politics of women, women's empowerment, and women’s sexuality in favor of a positive social change. Tharp has spent the past two years engaging in open-studio exhibitions, written criticism around Feminist art practice, and partaken in discussions about beliefs behind sexuality, sex positivity, and the “hypocrisy and instabilities that subvert it”. The female figure and the emancipation of women’s sexuality and sexual authority over their bodies have continued to be an area of provenance behind Tharp’s paintings. In her most recent body of work, Tharp employs the sexual capital experienced behind her models to address the questionable beliefs behind women’s sexuality and the social dogma that surrounds it.