Guardians

Our ideals require our Guardianship—our vigilance to bear witness and protect. These ideals, as described in our US Constitution, are under siege by our present administration. The series Women Warriors is inspired by the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial celebrating the 19th Amendment when women fought hard to win the right to vote. The assemblages are faces placed on swords and shields. “Deadly Beauty” expresses the toll of the drug crisis. I created it in my rage and grief over a young friend who died from street heroin laced with Fentanyl. Heroin’s journey begins with the planting of opium poppy seeds by impoverished farmers in remote regions of the world. The mask, crowned with poppies shows nature’s bounty punctured by heroin needles. The hands hiding the mouth represent the cover-up of the treachery of big Pharma profits over human misery.  “Nasty Woman” fights for equality and her body against unwanted impregnation and male aggression. Along with the long history of women who were kept powerless by men, the effects of global warming produce a profound refugee crisis where children are often separated from their parents and never reunited. 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. (18 inches wide x 24 inches high x 8 or more inches deep.)

“Tikkun Olam”, translated as “repair the tear in the world” is an ancient Hebrew phrase that originally had mystical connotations—that the world was created imperfectly and can be fixed only by human activity. Contemporary usage of the phrase shares a concern with public policy and societal change extending to urgent global environmental emergency. My small sculpture “Repair the World” tool kits communicate the need for people to actively participate in Tikkun Olam. The stages represent the globe. (Recycled cardboard; painted with acrylics. 7 inches high x 7 inches wide x 5 inches deep.)

 

The video shows “See Hear Speak”, a conceptual sculpture of three double-sided masks on poles.

The brightly colored, outside masks are superheroes fighting for the ideal for humanity and the environment. The inside masks depict the charred Armageddon. “See” of the trio is identified by large eyes created from CD disks. “Hear” has large ears with earrings and holds/protects a bound figure representing humanity. “Speak” represents not only speaking out freely but also action. (Recycled rattan, string, bullet cases, nails, wood scraps, sticks, beads, string, toy scraps, CD blanks, fabric. Glued, painted with acrylic. Sculptures vary between 19 inches to 21 inches high.)

Nesting Birds Wall mask
Nesting Birds

“Nesting Birds” represents the primary sanctuary of all living organisms, personified here as bird-like creatures. his three-dimensional wall mask consists of a large green nest that physically and metaphorically holds aloft the wooden bird and cradles the two faces—implying a safe haven for multiple generations. The wooden forked ends guard the nests. (Recycled rattan, string, leather, nails, wood scraps. Glued, painted with acrylic. 28 inches high x 11 inches wide x 9 inches deep.)