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|Blue Wave, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24, 2015|
Most of my work is abstract. It is not overtly political. It does not seem to directly confront a deeply misogynist culture. I’ve done overtly political art in the past, but was never entirely satisfied with it. It felt preachy and one-dimensional.
Abstraction gives me a freedom that no other style of painting can offer. But most of the reason I make abstract art is because so much of the realistic art out there is about stripping women naked for male entertainment; it’s been the case at least from the time of ancient Greece and has not abated today. If anything, it’s intensified due to the influence of porn. Men feel entitled to complete access to women’s bodies, whether that access is visual or physical. That’s not fair, just or healthy for women.
|Dark Continents, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24, 2015|
To be a woman artist in a world where women are still, despite all assertions of equality, considered less than their male counterparts is a revolutionary act in itself. To refuse to cater to the tastes of the dominant class is a revolutionary act.
Fame in the art world is more or less directly dependent on how much you’re willing to sell out, so I doubt that I’ll ever become famous. But the art world was never my intended audience. My intended audience is women, and I am fortunate to have many women friends who support me, what I believe and what I do.
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|Black, Red, White, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24, 2015|
|Purple, Silver, Copper, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40, 2014|