Opening Wednesday, 1 February 2017 at the Galloway School at 6:00, the Exhibition Half the Sky opens. Please join us for the opening, or if you cannot, you can scroll below to see art that examines women’s experiences in the United States.
International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world, but sadly, in the United States it has not taken hold, despite American women being key in bringing about this holiday. This exhibit is here to help us call attention to this holiday. When sending out the call for entries, there were no instructions save “Show us the contributions women make to our society.” The response came back in many forms; Megan Hoffman looks into what women are expected to be, Erika Hibbert internalizes her womanhood and expresses it in abstract forms. In a surrealistic manner Megean McBride explores the self and its connection to the divine, right next to Chelsea Steverson using social media to collate and express the all too regular experience of demands on appearance. Carmen Gonzales explores the deep issues of pain felt by women outside of the United States, Shocarra Marcus, in her photographic series, lays bare a reality that some women must face, and Joshua Rashaad McFadden explores colour.
While no exhibition can be complete in exploring the woman’s experience, this exhibit does give us a well-rounded view that hopefully provides a better understanding of our experiences. And as International Women’s Day approaches, it’s 8 March, hopefully it inspires us to celebrate.
I love using found and domestic objects as a common denominator for the current state of affairs in our country. I believe that used objects tell a deep, visceral story of the people that used them and can provide an otherwise unknown perspective for the viewer. This means my work is often sourced from people and the objects in their lives. Every tube of lipstick you see was given by a working woman.
For this piece, I wanted to explore the concept of the Glass Ceiling. At first glance, one might think that the lipsticks have reached the inevitable Glass Ceiling that all women face. What if I told you it isn’t a ceiling at all, but the foundation of the workforce? How does your perspective of the working-woman change when the glass ceiling is not viewed as a barrier, but instead as the floor of the workforce being supported by women? As a working woman myself I know the Glass Ceiling exist. This piece wasn’t created to ignore the issue of inequity or deny any blatant inequalities. Instead, my goal was to shed light on the undeniable power and strength that women bring to the workplace.
I dedicate this piece to all the hard working mothers, secretaries, struggling CEO’s, female scientist, educators, women entrepreneurs, and boss babes out there redefining the women’s role in the workforce.
- Jo Arellanes
- Catherine Caruso Thomas
- Ashely Prince
- Sarah Briggs
- Karen Anderson
- Tammy Steverson
- Kathleen Barnhart
- Tiffany Alvord
- Samantha Taylor
- Ruthie Stein
- Deepali Rane
- Kelly Bradley
- Meghan Zern
- Samantha Dyer
- Zaira Khan
Megean McBride is a multimedia artist whose work explores the way we remember traumatic experiences and the reality of them. She uses projection, archival footage, and digital romanticism to create intimate visual articulations on the meaning of love, sex, and humanity. As well as the triumph of the human spirit out of the ashes of trauma and depression. Her work has one message: You are not crazy and you are not alone. Divinity is a series that utilizes surrealistic imagery to explore the idea of the self and the other. The artist channels the other part of the self as the artist works through a personal traumatic experience by compositing self portraits that show an archetypal, alien, and unearthly visuals of spirit animals that have no limit. A calling to the moon from the earth and dreamscapes that come from both body and soul. Divinity is a call back to the self. And that self is divine.
In this diptych I employ colors, drawn marks and simple forms to refer to the female condition as it concerns self-knowledge and sexuality. Browns that are scratched, splattered and brushed onto the surface of the paper suggest the crust of the earth, or the skin of the body. Pinks suggest the surprises that lie just below the surface. Ellipses, encompassing the pinks or half submerged beneath the browns, penetrate the skin. The ellipses, evolved from the mouth of a bowl, are a familiar reference I use for the human condition and our ways of navigating life through culture and cultural production. In this diptych the ellipses have an extended reference to body piercings. The hoops unite the outside with the inside, but not without pain.
Erika Hibbert is a South African artist living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work includes oil painting, ink work, lithography, photography and collage. Her themes revolve around issues of home, loss of identity, immigration and belonging.
In her Sheree Series, the artist Shoccara Marcus explores the frightening prospect of breast cancer. Through a series of journalistic photographs, Marcus follows her protagonist from her admission to the hospital through her recovery and release By providing an unflinching view of the procedure, we come to see the reality behind the pink ribbon encouraging us to believe through empirical evidence.
“Once aware of how we believe, think, and act, we move into accepting the place where we are now, which means accepting ourselves with all our strengths and limitations.”
Since I was a child I spent my days making my own memories. Freedom was my paint and my life, my canvas. I thought everyone shared this pleasure. To live happy moments, experience, new adventures carefully storing them in a special spot in their minds and heart so that when they wanted to or needed to they could pick any one of their memories and relive the joy it gave them.
After reading a book, Half the Sky on the atrocities that are endured daily by women around the world, I was left speechless and broken hearted, realizing how extremely fortunate I was to have the freedoms I had being a woman where I live.
For my art piece I have chosen to put myself in the shoes of each of the victims and use the written word to paint their pain. Women who monetarily have hardly anything, living in war torn, impoverished places on the earth, and because of religion, traditions, customs, and mores have been labeled , broken, unfortunate, just forgotten victims.
I was wrong
These women are heroes
These women are strong in mind and heart.
These women are survivors
Joshua Rashaad McFadden
Around the world, women within their respective races continue to experience the pain and alienation associated with the issue of colorism, the inherent belief that one skin tone is better or worse than another. The perceptions attached to skin color and tone controls everyday interactions between people. This issue causes disparities in areas such as income, education, housing, and marriage. This fact is no different in the Black communities of the United States, and still requires awareness and healing.
Joshua Rashaad McFadden is an Atlanta-based photographer exploring the issues of race and gender. His work has been widely throughout the region and the United States.
Values and Beliefs:
The concept of American Worker should be explored and interpreted.
Women’s contribution in society should be identified and celebrated.
Important international holidays have a place in the USA.
Celebrating women and workers creates empathy for all members of society.
Women and workers make great contributions to society and deserve equal treatment.
Art is cultural property and therefore should reach out to all cultures and socio-economic classes.
The roles of a woman have changed dramatically over the 20th and 21st centuries. Women are accepting not just one, but many career or job paths, as well as more masculine jobs, leaving the tradition of stay at home care taker. Societies expectations for women have changed, so they are not expected to be strong and independent but also feminine and dependent at the same time. The pressure on a woman to have this duality can be seen in this trend of taking varying roles. These roles can vary from having more maternal instincts to being necessary and very present leaders in the workforce. The ability to change radically from conceived “masculine roles” to “feminine roles” is very inspiring to me. Through the use of photography, I showcase one model in her different roles of life as a woman. The body of work captures her more feminine real estate job and her more masculine body building activities. The everyday woman still has struggles but has come a long way even since the beginning of the 21st century.