I don’t think of myself as a “feminist artist” but rather an artist concerned with issues that undermine the well-being of women and girls around the globe. As a mother of three daughters and six granddaughters, my concerns are personal as well. The subtle abuse of women in our own country, unequal pay for equal work, the glass ceiling to the stoning of women and trafficking of young girls in other cultures continue to this day. I feel these problems are not clearly defined nor understood and have been ignored for too long.
Since the 1990’s, my artwork has turned from large scale colorful abstractions to the more serious concerns that face our society. A chemical allergy caused by a company below my studio in New Haven stopped me from doing any art for over a year. I then turned to non-toxic media such as tempera, pencils and charcoal and worked exclusively on paper. Large, somber black and white images of guns, oil tanks and the Kafka-like darkness of city streets were to consume me until my work of women images emerged and have continued to the present.
We as visual artists can communicate our concerns whether we choose the figure, landscape or more confrontational issues such as gender, politics or religion. I have chosen gender.