I am using the concept of masking to explore the degree to which women reveal or obscure themselves as they navigate the world.
"Heartsore" 40" x 24" mixed media on paper, mounted to board and boxed
Recent events at our Southwest border, separating children, even small babies from the mothers and fathers has shocked all thinking, caring people. Border guards telling these parents “You will never see your children again”. Over 2300 children were taken with more than 200 younger than 5 years old. Children were shipped to over 100 tent cities, makeshift shelters, foster care centers in every state. Siblings and shelter workers were told “do not touch or comfort” separated children. Many children were medicated both in the morning and evening. Some could not even walk. Where has our humanity and morality gone in the USA?
This piece lists the cities & shelters still holding many children. The heart shapes contain names of the 200 children, many only months old. My heart, like millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of the world, is heartbroken, is heartsore.
"Sucker Punch" 47" x 23.5" mixed media on paper mounted to board and boxed
It is sickening to see how aggressively the Trump administration is undertaking widespread passport denials to thousands of Americans along the Mexico border. These Americans were born in Brownsville Texas using midwives and physicians in the homes during the 1950x through the 1990s. Midwives falsified a few births but now 1000s of American babies, born at home, are in the Trump Administration’s cross hairs. The current passport scrutiny and denials have placed citizenship for these native born Americans in question. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrive unannounced at their homes and confiscate their passports. They have been stopped, interrogated and barred from re-entry at the Mexican-American border. Their passport are revoked. Many are sent to immigration detention and deportation centers for possible deportation proceedings. Just another example of Trump’s hostility and aversion to basic human rights of American citizens. It reminds me of Nazi Germany before and during WWII. Where is his moral compass? Where is his humanity? A bully who hurts Americans least able to fight back.
"Don't Mess With Me" 20" x 20" mixed media on canvas.
Women show attitude. It is a way to navigate the world around them while still protecting themselves. These women are shouting! It is a fact of life. But no one is listening.
"Closer Than They Appear" diptyph 30" x 20" mixed media on canvas
"Why Not Drink" 30" x 20" diptych mixed media on canvas
As women, we were good children, good students, good wives and mothers and now grandmothers. Lots of joy and disappointment in our lives and now that we are old, we are free to do whatever we like. So why not drink 5 glasses of wine a night if we want to! 37% of women over 60 either are binge drinkers or drink 1/2 bottle of wine a night. And why not? Doing everything as well as we could, why not do whatever we want to now?
"I Will Speak My Mind" 32" x 20" diptych mixed media
As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said, “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” I too have found my voice and will express my opinion regarding what my eyes and ears have keenly observed.