Film/reading by Sue Perlgut
Women Artists Have Their Say deplores the taking of African American lives. We support peaceful protests and abhor police brutality. We commit our work to be antiracist. We are making donations to local and national groups that promote antiracist work. Our work as women continues.
Filmmaker, Sue Perlgut of CloseToHome Productions, working with poet and Cornell professor Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and singer songwriter Jai Hari Meyerhoff, invited artists, of all disciplines (musicians, writers, poets, photographers, painters, filmmakers, actors, dancers, etc,) to fill out an online survey about their work and their creativity. Working with the answers and stories gathered from the surveys and from the diverse group of artists we will create a film, with original music, to be shown either at Cinemapolis in the late fall of 2020 or online. Look for our artist of the week below and our artist of the day on our Women’s Wisdom facebook page.
Recent articles in newspapers, one in the British newspaper The Guardian and one in the New York Times both reflect on women artists. The Guardian asks the question “Women in art: why are all the ‘great’ artists men?” In the New York Times, Judy Chicago, feminist artist, talks about rescuing women from art histories sideline. Although both articles are about women painters and sculptors, the articles are reflective of the world of women artists, of all kinds.
Artists of the Week: Sue Michlovitz and Jennifer Whitmore
Sue Michlovitz, photography and book arts
Excerpt from her answers on our survey: Do women describe their work differently than men?
In general, I find that women might not be as self-promotional as men when describing their work. I’ve learned that I need to speak up more so that I can reach my audience, although my tendency has always been to let the results of my work speak for themselves.
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Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation, https://www.guatemalahands.org
Jennifer Whitmore, to follow her bliss
Excerpt from her answers on our survey: How did you get involved in your work?
My work started when I was a child, foraging in meadows with my mother and grandfather, learning plants and the love of sun on my shoulders. Wiggling through barb wire and learning folk names for plants, and where to find them. As an adult, I learned responsibility and do not harm concept, growing myself vs. some trespass and learning to be more cautious and give plants and people permission to be who they are and not who I need. Then, combining the sheep wool grown on my farm, with my love of plants and potion making became the synergistic combination of my goals. Natural fiber. Botanical color. No chemicals. Plants and people matching up for love and joy, health and color. I love making plant potions and botanical dyes, we grown them and the sheep grow the fiber and this is how it is, the culmination of 20 years now on the same land
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This project is partially supported by grants from: The City Federation of Women’s Organizations, and with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership