Shape Divider - Style clouds
Sugar and spice. A female child. A maiden. What does it mean to be a girl in today’s modern world? Having passed through the rocky terrain of girlhood myself, and further, as the mother of two young women, I find the subject to be an intimate and important one.
This project is my celebration of a new, more complex feminine iconography. Part fantasy, part allegory, these are the stories of growing womanhood...based on strength in the face of adversity, perseverance in the face of injustice, and grace in the face of prejudice. Throughout, there is a sense of place and the tension between setting roots down, and breaking free of expectation. We mark the twin values that marry the power of a female gaze with the force of a female life.
This show is a jumping off point for a deeper exploration of the allegory and iconography of humanity by exploring different sexes, different sexual orientations, and different seasons of life. My next pieces will be centered around boyhood, and titled, Once Upon a Boy.