I know I’m really poking along on this piece. I am having trouble getting myself into the studio, for no good reason that I can discern. Maybe I just need a break. Sounds lame, considering how much I’ve been out of town since the first of November. Anyway, I’m happy enough with it so far, I think.
However, I may have to stop work on it and begin another. Today I ran across a call to artists for an exhibit with the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). The title of the exhibit is “clothing optional”. Since I don’t do figurative work, this seems like a strange exhibit to feel drawn to. But my first thought when I read it was “She was just asking for it”.
I have been increasingly alarmed over the Cro-Magnon rhetoric in the media over the last few years about women and their “place” in society, and what I consider the barbaric ways that social conservatives are trying to stuff women back into the box they came out of. I consider all the comments concerning rape in the media over the last year or so a big part of this. I’m not one to make social statements with my art, but on this one I feel compelled to try. We’ll see what comes of it.