I thought it might be fun to rewrite the story of Eve. Rather than having Eve be deceived and a victim, why not have her follow her own moral compass and take care of the problem.
Peter Peter Pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her.
Tried to put her in a pumpkin shell
And this is when she ran like hell.
When I moved back to Michigan from Texas, I was so pleased to hear that recycling was practiced and was easy to do. Lint traps are also used, not by all, but by my family. Since I had never heard of lint traps, I bought several kinds and found the wire ones to be the best. In the spirit of recycling, when they are ready to be replaced the trap has built up a hefty amount of lint and I thought they made wonderful sculptural structures; hence I have saved each and every one. I have painted them, dipped them in shellac, dipped them into gesso, you name it and I have done it. So when putting on a new lint trap, I thought one could be used to pose the miniatures I have been collecting also. For those of you who don’t know, they are all less than an inch tall.
Those of you who have been enjoying my postings, I thought it might be fun to have you put a title on this one. I’ll give a away a high resolution print to the person who comes up with the title I like the most.
After seeing the movie ”Incendies”, which deals with secrets, I started thinking about my own secrets and why I hold them. In the past, my secrets were generally about not saying what I would like, because of the fear of reprisals and repercussions. Keeping quiet because of these things did a kind of violence to my psyche. When I think of Anita Hill, the High School cheerleader in Silsbee Texas and now the New York Hotel maid who spoke up I am so am impressed with the bravery of these women.
Since childhood, I have always put things together in ways that suggest meaning to me. In using miniature models of people surrounded by everyday objects in my photography, I want to pull the viewer in for a closer look, to reconsider familiar objects, encouraging the viewer to make symbolic connections and extracting their own personal meaning.
In art and in language, women are often placed as the object, or the thing upon which the subject acts by way of the verb. By diagramming the placement of women using the language of art, I wish to suggest a new language in which women become their own subject instead of the object.
Women as the subject, implies that she can create, act upon, define her world as she sees it not as an object that is merely the receptacle for the subject to act upon. In the following pieces, she is not static and one dimensional, instead there are layers, upon layers of self; she is the doer, defining herself.
The subject chooses the object of a sentence as an object of consumption or desire; the object is passive. In object as the woman, she is camouflaged as a bathroom fixture, it is silent, it lies, and it deceives as women have always been reputed to do. The object is a masquerade; it masquerades as femininity.