March 30, 2018


Melotrauma image


MSUB student presents senior capstone exhibit

Open April 2 through April 13



University Communications and Marketing, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Brenna Lacy will host her solo senior capstone exhibit April 2 through April 13, 2018 in the student gallery, located on the first floor of the liberal arts building at Montana State University Billings. A reception will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. The show and reception are free and open to the public.


Melotrauma investigates the correlation between catharsis and the notion of the artist's abject female body. The work attempts to resolve the conflict between personal experiences of sexual trauma and the ethics of exploiting those personal experiences.


The artist uses an immersive installation of large-scale drawings, representation of bodily fluids, the female form and innuendos to take control over her own female narrative. Through this act of confronting and exposing previous encounters, the artist asserts that there is ecstasy in taking agency in a situation where, previously, pleasure was not permitted.


Content warning: may not be suitable for all ages.



Student Gallery

Liberal Arts Building, 1st Floor

1500 University Drive

Billings, MT 59102


Brenna Lacy is a contemporary artist working in various drawing and painting media to confront her personal experience with flesh and the female body. She is an advocate for the aspects of female biology that are considered horrific and obscene. Through her work, she explores vices and taboos, including her own, and celebrates in women the ability to have teeth, claws, and attitude. She is currently a senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in fine art at MSUB.


For more information, contact Jodi Lightner, Assistant Professor of Art at (406) 657-2986 or or Brenna Lacy at (406) 850-4381 or at