"UNIQUE, ORIGINAL SCULPTURE & DRAWINGS
CELEBRATING STRONG WOMEN"
I am invited to show 9 Sculpture & 5 Drawings
at the Prestigious 2019 Venice, Italy Biennale.
6 months, 600,000 worldwide visitors.
The Venice Biennale is the
World's most prestigious contemporary art and architecture venue.
Established in 1895,it is the oldest contemporary Art Biennale.
In 1948 The Biennale held a major exhibition with the Impressionists, Chagall, Klee, Braque, Delvaux, Ensor, and Magritte, as well as a retrospective of Picasso's work.
Peggy Guggenheim was invited to exhibit her famous New York collection.
The New Museum and Yoko Ono are among the sponsors of my exhibit venue.
Picasso exhibited in 1948
This is MYSTORY, HERSTORY, YOURSTORY.
My sculpture told my story long before I recognized it myself.
Years ago I sculpted a faceless woman, breaking free, defending herself with threatening claws. Then a crouching angel protecting herself under her wings.
I no longer need wings to protect me, to soar.
This is My journey from Oppression to Shining Strength.
I SHINE. A STRONG WOMAN. MY ART SHINES.
I give this gift to others "to give heart" to EN COURAGE.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to SHINE. As we let our own light shine, we give others the permission to do the same."excerpt Marianne Williamson
"A CHANGING NARRATIVE OF FEMALE EXISTENCE OVER TIME”
Leda” is my reclamation of the Greek Myth “Leda and the Swan”, the rape of Leda by Zeus.
"A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
He holds her helpless breast upon his breast."
Excerpt “Leda and the Swan” W.B. Yeats
My rendering of this myth brings the legend into today’s context. It offers a changing narrative of female existence.
Unlike the story of the ancient Greek Myth of Zeus raping Leda, my Leda transforms herself into a powerful swan, who fights off her attacker and protects herself.********
Janson’s History of Art”, The Art History Classic since 1962, DID NOT INCLUDE ANY WOMEN ARTISTS UNTIL 1989.
"There is reason to fear that a younger generation of (female) artists lack knowledge of the challenges, the claims for place, and the revolution in attitudes that have actually secured their careers“
Agnes Gund, Art Collector.
US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said her male colleagues sometimes do not hear a woman’s voice. 2009 interview USA Today, she said the other justices who were then all men, sometimes ignored her arguments at their private conferences.
My mother, a painter, encouraged me to draw at a young age. We’d ride the train weekly to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
I memorized whole rooms of paintings! I remember looking up from my small height overwhelmed in a room overflowing with Monet waterlilies.
A whole new world for a small child.
I fell in love with Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design.
Clay felt so right.
The fluid sensuality in my hands translating into my sculpture and drawings.
Both Venice and Vermont magnify the intensity of my work.
I return to my US studio in an explosion of creativity.
I NEED TO SCULPT AND DRAW.
IT IS ELEMENTAL TO MY EXISTENCE