Women Warriors represent in these horrific times, our duty to be vigilant in fighting for our essential rights and freedoms. I am a visual story-teller working in a variety of medium including assemblages, painting, drawing and clay. I began creating wall masks to express alarm at the current administration’s reckless attacks on protections that include land, water, air, and all living things. “Women Warriors” assemblage wall masks mounted on shields with swords, were initially inspired by the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial celebrating the 19th Amendment when women courageously fought to win the right to vote. “Bed of Roses” is my statement of support for Black Lives Matter. Pertinent news clippings form the roses; grocery bag pieces coat the face and shield. “The Host of Plagues” channels our intense response to the COVID19 global pandemic. The python with its varied and intense symbolism—all of it inspiring awe and terror—replaces the sword in this representation. “Sheltered in Poppies” represents the dichotomy of nature’s raging pandemic amidst a bloom of golden poppies. “Deadly Beauty” expresses the toll of the drug crisis created in my grief over a young friend who died from street heroin laced with Fentanyl. The mask, crowned with red poppies, shows nature’s beauty punctured by heroin needles. The gloved hands obscuring the mouth represent the cover-up of big Pharma profits over human misery. “Nasty Woman” the title borrowed from Donald Trump’s insults aimed at women, expresses a female’s basic right to equality and dominion over her body. Along with the long history of women and girls rendered powerless by men, the profound refugee crisis often separates children from their parents. Painted tampons dominate the sculpture. “Medusa”, crowned with yellow roses symbolizing the Suffragettes represents the duality of mother nature to give birth and destroy. Exploitation of our natural resources puts money into the pockets of the powerful rich while our poorest and most vulnerable victims are displaced and dying. These assemblages incorporate largely recycled materials since I am intrigued by their histories and concerned with limiting my carbon footprint. My artwork is a statement of my concern for nature and humanity.
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