Nearly 40 years after the women’s liberation movement stormed onto the scene opening a floodgate of dialogue about women’s rights, its déjà vu all over again.
As a storm approaches the Republican National Convention, women are already in the eye of the storm.
Today women are being moved around like so pawns in a political game that seems to be played by men only.
I am honored to be a part of a very timely exhibition at the National Steinbeck Center, in Salinas CA. entitled “Honoring Women’s Right: Echoing Visual Voices Together” showcasing art work that examines and explores the social political and economic issues related to women’s activism.
It is in conjunction with of the Honoring Women’s Rights Conference.
My collage “A Storms Approaching” will be on exhibit. This piece is a pastiche of postwar American imagery, a time when confining, colliding and conflicting images of media stereotypes of women littered the pop culture landscape that was erupting in a women’s liberation movement.
The collage is composed of vintage images from ads, pulp fiction, romance comics, vintage children’s school books and vintage magazines.
The irony is 40 years later the contradictions still exist and the media continue to provide us with images and rationalizations that shape how we make sense of the roles we assume in our families, our workplace and our society.
Our bodies continue to be a battleground in the political arenas.
The current backlash against women and their reproductive rights re-markets old myths about women as new facts.
If you are near Salinas, CA. please stop by the National Steinbeck Center to view the show, opening September 7, 2012.
Honoring Womens Rights: Echoing Visual Voices Together
National Steinbeck Center 1 Main Street, Salinas California 93906 Sept. 7, 2012- Jan, 6. 2013
- The War on Women’s Health Is Real (slendermeans.wordpress.com)