Staying Power


Mary Tremonte
12 x 18
4-Color Screen Print, Archival 100lb Paper, Printed in Oakland, CA 2012

“Staying Power” was the name of a Queers Against Deportation dance party that Tremonte DJ'ed in Philadelphia in late 2011 and the name resonated with her. Sunflowers, with their deep roots, represent immigrants grounded in their communities. The artist also showcases families she knows who have been separated by U.S. immigration policy. Tremonte’s piece also depicts resistance to detainment and deportation, represented by Jovenes Sin Nombres, a Latino youth arts/activist group in Pittsburgh.

Mary (Mack) Tremonte is an artist/educator/DJ rooted in Pittsburgh, PA. As a member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, her vibrant silkscreen prints explore queer animal sexualities, amplified possibilities, and signifiers. Current projects include the design and distribution of bandanas and embroidered badges, referencing scouting and gay hanky code. As a DJ and party organizer she strives to create temporary safe spaces for expression, while also raising funds and awareness for grassroots causes. She is consumed with printmaking, totally teens, collaboration, communication, and the politics of social space, including dance parties.