Hello to you, from this all too infrequent blog post.
I wanted to share some upcoming works that will be shown this weekend and share a bit more detail about one in particular. Women’s Rights are Human Rights will be shown during SOFA Expo this weekend. Also, TRUTH at Walnut Creek Farms will be shown as part of a show titled Truth as a Contested Concept, at Women Made Gallery.
I am thrilled to share the piece, Women’s Rights are Human Rights, shown in the Inspired Interiors Booth 41 at SOFA Expo 2019! See the Facebook post here. Like most things, Facebook is woefully inadequate to fully express the nuance of things or thoughts or ideas, when one wants to go deeply in to a topic.
The designers at Inspired Interiors invited artists to propose works for their SOFA booth, very intentionally focused on significant, historical events, related to women’s rights and women’s history. The accepted proposals were gently steered towards these important events that include reproductive rights, hiring practices based on gender, women’s suffrage, and more. I am a firm believer in understanding from whence we came in order to understand where we must go.
Here is the more detailed information and further links that hopefully may peak your curiosity about the inspiration for my art work, how far we have come and how far we need to go.
Above is the amazing superhero, Mechelle Vinson, who took her sexual harassment case all the way to the Supreme Court… and won! The Wiki link goes in to some detail along with this recent Washington Post article. Long before #MeToo by another superhero, Tarana Burke, there was Ms Vinson paving the way.
A SCOTUS document here from the Washington and Lee University School of Law . helped guide my thoughts while viewing the annotations, double, triple, and quadrubled, underlined sentences by the various Supreme Court justices. You will find strips of a color print of that document, rolled up in many of the pockets of the skirt.
Oral arguments of the case here, including the only female on the Court at the time, Sandra Day O’Connor.
Lastly, an image detail of the skirt that I will be wearing tomorrow night and through the weekend at SOFA Expo 2019 at Navy Pier, titled: Women’s Rights are Human Rights, silk organza excerpts from the SCOTUS document in each pocket along with repeated images of Mechelle Vinson. 100 pockets to symbolize the 2020 anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. 45 pockets are black and brown to symbolize the 45 year gap for black and brown people to wait to vote, as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed 45 years later.
(detail in progress) Women’s Rights are Equal Rights
I will be at Opening Night at SOFA Expo from 5p through the evening, wearing the work. I will also be there wearing the skirt, on Friday Nov 1, 4-6. Saturday Nov 2, 2-4. Sunday Nov 3, 2-4. It would be great to see you!
Lastly, TRUTH at Walnut Creek Farms will be experiencing a reprise. I am excited to be in this show, opening Friday night. I have admired the curator, Indira Freitas Johnson’s work for such a long time, so I consider this a triple thrill to be included in the exhibition. Opens November 1 6-8p and up until Nov 23. I will be at the opening, cuz I am still in need of some TRUTH!
I will forever be grateful to Ned and Lyrah Bushnell, for they offered up their farm for the installation back in 2011. Please refer to past blogposts for more information about the making and documenting TRUTH at Walnut Creek Farms, The Fields Project, and more. Photo: Peter J Schulz Photography