Sunny Chapman is an artist, dancer and community activist. She began making artisan jewelry in the early seventies and had a long career as a professional jewelry artist. At the same time she made Super-8 films, designed posters and ‘zines for punk rock bands, worked with a feminist art collective called Sister Serpents, made two documentary films, created Situationist-style political art, and raised a daughter.
Among her political art creations was a faux-antiabortion group called Satanists 4 Life, a satire involving performance art, film, visual art, costumes, and a fair amount of spectacle.
Chapman was profiled (humorously but somewhat inaccurately) in the 2003 best seller Wacky Chicks by Simon Doonan, and was also featured in two documentary films: Subverting Media: A Guide To Low-Tech Information Activism (1998), and Jane: An Abortion Service (1995).
She currently lives in Brooklyn NY, making drawings, paintings and collage, and performs with PURE www.puredance.org
Selected Group Exhibitions
1994 SisterSerpents: Demolishing Domesticity, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago
1996 Mixing Messages, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, NYC
2003 La Superette, Deitch Projects, NYC
2005 The Degenerate Magazine Show, Dollhaus Gallery, Brooklyn
2006 Lies Chashama Gallery, NYC
Elemental Division 9 Gallery, Riverside, CA
Street Plan” Store For All Seasons, Manila, Philipines
Night of a Thousand Drawings, The Drawing Room, NYC
Postcards From The Edge, Sikkema-Jenkins, NYC
Adam’s Rib, Eve’s Air in her Hair, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NYC
The Edge of Excess, Foundry Art Centre, St Charles, MO
Drawn and Quartered, Like The Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Unfiltered 2, Octane Photographic, Ferndale, MI
Outsider Art in the Hamptons, Westhampton Beach, NY
Selected Film Screenings
Misguidance, Princeton University
Misguidance, Short Film and Video Showcase, Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio
In Bad Faith, National Abortion Federation Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
2002 Misguidance, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon