DebiLynn Fendley is an artist specializing in printmaking, drawing, painting, and photography. She holds graduate degrees in art and English as well as an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Vermont. She works as both a documentarian and a conceptual realist, drawing her models and inspiration from the various subcultures within which she works.
These works stem from the artist's involvement with the biker subculture, a place where, in the caucasian biker clubs, women are not allowed full membership and are considered secondary to the males. Women associated with these clubs have often bought into the premise that the display of their their bodies leads to empowerment, which DebiLynn believes is actually an implanted patriarchal belief the men use to elicit participation from the women. Such public displays of sexuality and sexual acts, she believes, does little towards empowering the women, and even the exchange of money as "prizes" for such behavior is actually denigrating and unhelpful to women at large, continuing to propagate the use of the female as object rather than as an equal in status, decision making, or intelligence. This is true in mainstream culture as well, but is more evident with subcultures because such behavior is more exaggerated. However, she also notes that the biker community is unique in its celebration of the acceptance of all body types and ages of women in these pursuits, being generally supportive of the participation of women who, in other subcultures or even the mainstream, would be rejected as being imperfect according to current societal expectations.