I am using the concept of masking to explore the degree to which women reveal or obscure themselves as they navigate the world.
"Closer Than They Appear" diptyph 32" x 20" mixed media on canvas
"Why Not Drink" 32" 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.
"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.
"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.