"Not all princesses are waiting to be saved."
-Princess Sophia Solar Michalski

The Project:

ThePrincessProject.com is an interdisciplinary conceptual art project conceived and spearheaded by Kathleen Bitetti. The Project examines gender roles, gender assignment, fairy tales, Royalty & class structures, mass culture, identity, race & ethnicity, the "commoditification & branding" of individuals, and gender issues by utilizing a vast array of mediums including: new media and digital image making, sculpture, performance, installation, photography, video, and the internet.

The ideal audiences for ThePrincessProject.com are, but are not limited to: the general public, the "art community", activists, university populations, young girls, teenage girls and boys, and women and men of all ages and backgrounds. These audiences have been and/or will be reached via the Internet, with performances/ appearances, through exhibitions in public spaces, art spaces and universities, and by community based artist residencies.

ThePrincessProject.com is designed to allow Bitetti to invite guest artists to work with her on specific aspects of the Project. ThePrincessProject.com is also designed not only to promote itself, but to also to promote the individual art careers and the work of the guest artists. Some of the guest artists have been Melody Fortier/Tangerine Boutique, Joanne Kaliontzis, Cynthia von Buhler, and Laura Wulf. The project is dedicated to the memory of Bitetti's maternal grandmother Mary. Her Royal Highness Princess Sophia Solar Michalski is graciously acting as the project's muse.

The Artist:

Kathleen Bitetti has been working as a curator/arts professional and an art activist in the Boston area since 1989. For over the last twenty years she has created conceptually based sociopolitical objects and installations that deconstruct the American dream, fairy tales, gender roles/gender assignment, the fragility of family dynamics, and domestic violence. Hand stenciled text/language, mundane domestic objects, and the color white are very prominent features in Bitetti's work.


The Princess:

Her Royal Highness Princess Sophia Solar Michalski
, who is of Polish Royal decent and Italian Noble decent, is presently pursuing a degree in art history at an undisclosed university in the greater Boston area. Among her many interests are women's issues, improving the status of women, contemporary art, fashion (vintage clothing and emerging/contemporary designers), protecting the environment, and working towards world peace. She is an avid reader and is also very interested in encouraging literacy and education- especially for girls and women. She is an avid collector of contemporary art and is also a collector of dragonflies, dragonfly imagery, and dragonfly folklore.


2002 Interview with Princess Sophia by Jasmine Ford

2003 Interview with Princess Sophia by Artspace curator Denise Markonish

Read the Improbable Containment Essay for Bitetti's Containment solo exhibitions (pdf)