The Women by Women show :)

What a powerful and important show! I’m honored to have 2 of my paintings exhibited in it. Green Goddess of New Growth and Nuit and the Seven Sisters will be on display at Blue Door Art Center in Yonkers, NY starting tomorrow until mid March.

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When art made by women about women started happening, it opened an aesthetic up to thepublic that explored women’s mysteries and the rawness of our lives in a way that some people were ready to receive because of cultural advances and further integration on the path of women’s equality. Being ready to receive it did not happen that long ago, and I feel this show is one of many links in the chain carrying our world toward a more safe, heart centered leveling.

One of the things that had a big impact on me in school was learning about how huge that shift was and how new it is. I think about Mary Cassat at the turn of the 20th century, I think about the female abstract impressionists in the middle of the 20th century. I think about Malala Yousafzai, Judy Chicago, Yuri Kochiyama, Layla Saad, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Michelle Obama, the lady slam poets in Denver, me, my artist friends and many other contemporary artists who now have the support of some parts of society to express artistically in the realm of image, word and worldview now. I think about how much all women influence culture and how many more women have access to and are listening to women artist’s voices now. It is a power and responsibility that I believe should be used to lift up everyone, everywhere. To be the sacred mother, the sacred sustainer, and the sacred devourer in all her forms to nurture the world.

I think about my luck and privilege and what more I can do with it. I think about all the women who don’t have support, platform, or privilege, those who don’t want it and those who nurture the world privately, every moment. I think about those in the art gallery circuit who are working to promote women’s art and auger catharsis to viewers of that art to connect more visually and abstractly to current cultural issues and concepts. I think about the roque artists who express upon express and have no need for traditional art institutionalism. The mother’s teaching their daughters to speak up, the daughters carrying their mothers, the giving crones and the exploring maidens and the heart of every women, seen, unseen, heard, unheard. The supportive men. The wounded healers helping men heal their own gender based wounds. Those who celebrate and work toward gender focus being unnecessary. Those celebrating sensitivity, intuition and nurturing as human traits. Those celebrating power, strength and wildness also as human traits. Like I felt in school first studying these artists, politicians and poets… over and over since then I feel so lucky to be an artist alive in this moment in history. I am incredibly proud of our world in some ways. This show and all it augers about progression for all is one of them.