Change is coming. It will have a new look and perspective. When the people vote through gerrymandering and voter suppression, democracy starts to be representative. In the recent midterm elections, a record number of women ran and won offices. Bring it on America!
From the San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board: “Forget blue waves or red waves. The real story out of the 2018 midterm elections is the pink wave. Female voters, female campaign volunteers and female candidates turned out in unprecedented numbers. The number of women elected to office set records. They took seats away from men and Republicans and infused the political conversation with a new energy. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.”
In my art, I investigate how patterns and symbols of influence impact perception, social behavior, institutions, history, and truth. As a multidisciplinary artist, my practice incorporates drawings, sculpture, site-specific installations, objects, digital, video, and audio. Inspired by the recent election, I created a video artwork titled WOMEN to commemorate change.
WOMEN description: Fascinated by flight or disorientation, I merge together disparate experiences to establish new narratives. Trump’s presidency has faced a Women’s March, the #MeToo movement, and a resistance uprising. The structures of gender objectification are interwoven into systemic and cultural discrimination. My artwork highlights that when women are heard, supported, and respected- equality is possible. A record number of women were elected in the 2018 midterm elections locally and nationally. Women must lead the charge for change.
According to United Nations Women: “There is established and growing evidence that women’s leadership in political decision-making processes improves them. Women demonstrate political leadership by working across party lines through parliamentary women’s caucuses – even in the most politically combative environments – and by championing issues of gender equality, such as the elimination of gender-based violence, parental leave and childcare, pensions, gender-equality laws and electoral reform.”
While women made gains in recent elections, more is needed for substantive change. Women need to be equally represented. Women need to be at the table. Women need to be directly involved in policy. The wave is here to stay!
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou