Artist Statement

 

Ettes and Esses

Don't Let Them Tame You

Don’t Let Them Tame You

Ettes and Esses tells the story of Victorian women activists as heroines during a war, and historical women whose actions pave the way for greater freedom.

The suffix’s, ette and ess, are added to make words feminine. Ette in most languages makes something smaller, diminutive and imitative. Similarly ess was invented to feminize an occupation thereby implying a difference in social and occupational roles between men and women. In my exhibition I seek to reclaim these suffixes by using them to empower women.

My heroines include the Surrealist, Leonora Carrington; the Scandinavian pioneer of Abstraction, Hilma af Klint; the seventies rock band, The Runaways; early modern dance revolutionaries Isadora Duncan and Loie Fuller; unknown witches, healers, and visionaries throughout the ages.

When I was a child, my parents purchased the Time Life Library of Art, twenty-eight books featuring an all male roster of historical masters.  At seven years old, I could not understand why artists were exclusively male. That year I dressed as an artist for Halloween, wore a mustache and first held a palette in my hands. This pivotal moment lead me to proclaim that when I grew up I wanted to be the girl Picasso. My life is a continual exploration of art from a feminine perspective.

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