Feminist Statements

Female strength, resilience, and autonomy are at the core of the works I consider feminist statements. These are collected in two main series, the early “suffragette” figures, which feature a hybrid flora fauna figure–sometimes with her children–in various environments, and my more recent “paper doll” series titled “You Can Be What You Want To Be.”

Reflection, Recognition, Reconciliation

12″ x 12″

12in square mixed media collage with drawings, foil, and paper.

A female figure comes face to face with herself in a mirror, and must come to terms with past traumas, which are symbolized by raging red lines in the background,and her mistakes, shown behind her as a shadowed figure. Her posture indicates that she gains strength from asserting her autonomy and moving on from her past. From the paper doll series “You can be what you want to be.”

Herself: Flora, Fauna Familiar

12″ x 12″

12in square, mixed media with foil, paper, glitter with colored pencil and pen drawings.

Two radically different female figures face each other and, secure in their own hybrid flora/fauna forms, appreciate each other’s humanity. A leafy, colorful woman is clearly speaking to the other, a human form outlined with a vine who solidly stands her ground. Both are perched on origami printed blocks, indicating their innate creative potential. From the paper doll series “You can be what you want to be.”

Suffragette Garden

12″ x 12″

Mixed media, including papers, foil, and petals

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A Suffragette and her flowers/children in a garden setting.

Female Powers

12″ x 12″

Mixed media, including papers and foil

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A Suffragette surrounded by her flowers/children, on a pink and purple stage.

Moonlight Walk

12″ x 12″

Suffragette series, quiet environments for female strength

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Mixed papers and foil with pen drawing, paper quilt square. In a peaceful act of independence and strength, a flora-fauna woman “suffragette” figure takes a solitary walk in moonlight.

Early Irises

12″ x 12″

First of the Iris series, featuring a pressed and photographed iris, a triangle quilt with iris flower insets, and the Suffragette image.

Irises For Sylvia

15″ x 15″

Made for Sylvia with mixed paper triangles, tissue paper fog and hand colored suffragette figure floating over the landscape, which is constructed on soft foam and held in a floating glass frame.

Suffragette 1

12″ x 12″

A decorative work influenced by Japanese scroll motifs, made of cut origami papers and magazine pages. Two suffragette figures and children face each other.

Suffragette 2

12″ x 12″

This piece continues the Japanese scroll motif using cut origami paper. The vertical scroll format holds the Suffragette and a magnificent butterfly-like creature, in ink and colored pencil on vellum.

Suffragette 3

12″ x 12″

The suffragette is paired again with the butterfly figure in a third work that incorporates Japanese motifs and cut origami papers. It is commentary on juxtaposed characteristics femininity and feminism. The base is the earth, represented by paper made of leaves. The figures pose as in fashion plates, covered in purple tulle. The colors are inspired by British Suffragettes, who used purple, white and green in their jewelry and clothing to signal their cause to one another, often using peridot and amethyst with pearls or diamonds.

Suffragette on Stage

12″ x 12″

Another work in purple and green, this time incorporating the American Suffragette’s use of gold. This figure is outlined in gold ink, appearing on an early 20th century stage with an extravagant curtain and bouquets at her feet.

Shadow Over Spring

12″ x 12″

An earthy ground with bright diamond shapes suggestive of blooming flowers on stalks signifies the promise of spring is the background for eerie floating figures, suffragette ghosts reminiscent of the “willies” in the Romantic era ballet Giselle.