Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Artist's Statement

Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Artist's Statement

Article excerpt

We come to understand each other through the stories we tell. My artwork tells the stories of our connections, experiences, and expectations. As an object maker, I work primarily with photography (digital and analog), books, and textiles; I construct in other media as needed to tell these personal and societal narratives. The work talks about my experience and moves beyond my life to create a bond with those who engage with it. Through everyday events and encounters, our histories are created. It is through sharing with each other that we make our pasts public, creating a collective future.

The series Waiting is based on the ubiquitous story, told over and again, to young girls and women about the wedding day. The tale is commonly a surreal story of perfection. Her day planned and executed to exacting standards--an exquisite experience tied up in beautiful silk ribbons and bows, as long as the young girl child waits for the right time, and the right man (and food, dress, and flowers).

The image created for this piece shows the bride, ready but waiting, in an ambiguous landscape. Her existence is defined, interpretable only by the clothing she wears and the flowers she carries. She is never allowed, or perhaps never chooses (but, of course, it is a combination of the two), to escape the confines of the image's edge. She is thus defined, reduced even, to the story of her wedding day. …

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