Some months back, The Washington Post printed all of Trump's tweets and they became the underlayment of this piece. This mighty woman eclipsed the outrageous rhetoric with her strength and determination...This weekend is the anniversary of the Women's March and once again, I will take to the streets of DC to raise my voice and be my best resister. I have so many concerns about so much that is happened this past year but...my overriding thought as I march as a proud American--one nation, indivisible and with liberty and justice for all. That is how it goes...right?
As a teen, I owned a t-shirt that said “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman”—in the time of burning bras and discussions of equal pay. Bella Abzug. Gloria Steinem. Shirley Chisholm.
Years passed and I carried that phrase into my life and in my heart. (some times I heard Helen Reddy right there with me…google her)
Yes, I had my share of #MeToo’s, as did most of the women I knew. But never did I think it would take so many decades for the collective voices of women to reach their crescendo. NEVERTHELESS, what erupted Jan 20 2017 in all its pink pussy-hood, the walls (and maybe glass ceilings) began to crumble.
So fast-forward to a year of complete and utter nonsense. And maybe exactly what we needed in order to focus on what is truly important. To commit ourselves to creating the kind of world we want for ourselves, our daughters and our sons.
So this artwork sat in my studio for a few months, unsure where she was going and then BAM! This week, she woke. Fierce. BADASS. Unapologetic. Ready.
And when I finished her, I went to look at the history of the phrase, “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman” and was blown away that Ladies Home Journal adopted the phase in 1941 as more of a nod to a woman being the quiet manipulator of her husband’s beliefs and behaviors—and oddly was introduced with a BALLERINA.
Well my lady may be in graceful pose (such synchronicity), but not as a manipulator but a collective force. Firmly planted. She is NOT going anywhere.
So...Wear your bra. Don’t wear your bra. March. Don’t march. But whatever you do, do it powerfully. And stay tuned…Namaste.
Welcome to my journey, in art & life...