So proud to announce that my "Bound by Society's Rules" Assemblage was accepted into the "This is America" art exhibit at the Gallery Underground Arlington, VA, near Washington DC; Nov 27th - Dec 29th 2017. Additionally, my piece was selected to be part of their promotional materials, see postcard images below.
A little bit of a background on this piece. This piece was inspired by the debacle between Senators Elizabeth Warren and Mitch McConnell during the Sen. Sessions Confirmation hearings earlier this year. While Sen. Warren was speaking, Sen. McConnell tried to get her to stop talking by using an obscure senate rule. I believe, that Sen. McConnell might of found her speech too critical. Funny, both parties do that to each other all the time, part of the game. During this time, he uttered those famous words "Nevertheless, she persisted", and like they say, the rest is history.
This incident got me thinking how we have a double standard on how women and men should behave. We don't want women to talk too much, for it's annoying. We blame them when they don't speak up enough. If they are assertive, they are seen as aggressive, rather than pro active. Even a slight smile could tilt opinions, even decisions. For instance, if you smile too much, you might look like you flirting. You don't smile enough, so they ask you to smile more, so that you won't seem like prude. That's just society norms; then there are many unfair legal laws, rules, regulations, you name it; another story with the same double standard theme. For now, I just wanted to make my little statement, the way Sen. Warren did. I hope you like my art piece.
|Front of the postcard|
|Back of the postcard|