Sewall-Belmont Art Exhibition Reception, June 18th!
On Wedndesday, June 18th, the official reception took place for the Project 3: Empoerwered by Empowered Artistry which is an exhibition of a collaboration of arts organizations dedicated to social justice issues, making a difference, both locally and globally, through individual creativity and the fine arts. The venue, The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum is located in the heart of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC next to the Hart Denate Office Building. The exhibit features work from me which is a stamped doll that has been framed in a shadow box called Feminine Mystique.
Feminine Mystique Artist Statement
This doll was created based upon the then controversial 1963 book of the same title by Betty Friedan which attacked the popular notion that women of that time could only find fulfillment through childbearing and homemaking.
The book argues that women are victims of a false belief system that requires them to find identity and meaning in their lives through their husbands and children. Such a system causes women to completely lose their identity in that of their family. I believe in many cases women today still fall victim by society to have a husband and children in order to be considered completely feminine.
This stamped doll describes the emotions and feelings of women today in relation to the various roles they play as business owner, wife, mother, daughter, sister, etc. It’s not easy to be all and still be yourself.
The doll is handmade- Pima Cloth doll, Dyed and stamped in Shadow box frame. If you are in the Washington, DC area, I invite you to stop by to see this striking piece of art.
I am an emerging self taught doll artist who is learning how to improve my craft. I started doll making 3 years ago and stopped due to entrepreneurial pursuits. Now with the help of my mentor Francine Haskins, I am beginning the craft again with much more vigor and interest. Please share this journey with me.