Friday was the opening of the Feat to Fire: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage exhibition at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. This is my third exhibition at the venue in the last year. As an artist, I never take an opportunity for granted. Creatives continue the fight for equality!
From the Sanchez Art Center website: “Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD) is a nonprofit group formed to lift up and support art that focuses on environmental and social justice issues. Their goals are to provide relevant information to artists, curators, writers, art administrators, educators, and others about these concerns, as well as to facilitate international networking. In the title of their exhibit, Feat to Fire: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, WEAD celebrates the history and achievements of women raising their voices and concerns, a mission that group members continue 100 years later, as they focus on ecological and social justice content in their art.”
Thanks to juror Jan Rindfleish, my artwork I VOTED is currently on display. Description: In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton received 2,868,691 more votes than Donald J. Trump. The loss margin was the largest in history with an Electoral College win. One vote in Wyoming equals 3.18 in California. Gerrymandering and voter suppression thrive in an antiquated system built on racism. Mimicking the makeup application process, “I Voted” stickers expose female objectification while confronting oppressive roles. The silent majority must unite for change.
Artists Bonnie Peterson, Rebecca Finley, and Shelby Poor expose the truth of existence. Abusive hierarchies, insensitive structures, and class disparity encourage systems of inequality. Poor’s artwork features these haunting words: “Girls like us are considered middle age at 25, we rarely live long enough to experience menopause. WE ARE MORE than ‘white trash junkies.’ I can’t just sit here silently waiting to die.”
The evidence of activism can be found in Remedios Rapoport and Nanette Wylde’s social art practice. Sustaining change lingers despite progress. For Wylde, her 2008 MEANING MAKER U.S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS EDITION confronts today’s political reality. While Rapoport’s 2018 manifesto calls for a gentle revolution through love and tolerance.
Maryam Safansab, Xue Jiao Yu, and Lorna Stevens repurpose beauty from a feminist perspective. From Steven’s website: “I’m interested in visually exploring the boundaries of culture and nature. I’m curious about how we behave, both individually and collectively, toward ourselves and in relation to the natural world.”
On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified granting women the right to vote. According to Catalyst, women represent only 23.2% of the House of Representatives and 25% of the Senate. When will women have equal representation in positions of power? Hopefully, sooner than a hundred years!
Feat to Fire: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage. Sanchez Art Center. Pacifica, CA. January 10 – February 9, 2020.