This artwork references heritage lace knitting, traditionally seen as ‘womens work’ to send a message of protest to Trump in the lead up to Inauguration Day. The act of making this drawing transforms my anger and fear into hope and commitment – to do what is in my power to stand up, take responsibility and join in solidarity with other artists to say no to lies, hate, discrimination and the threat to our values and rights.
This is an opportunity for nasty women everywhere to see the truth as the shadow of the world’s unconscious, or dream landscape, has been illuminated by Trumps behaviour, personality and choices. With the landscape lit up in this way, we can now become conscious of the impact that our complacency, sense of entitlement and apathy have had on society and the world as a whole. This will lead to change.
I believe that humans have the capacity to find creative ways to connect and bridge differences through telling our stories and deepening our understanding of our shared humanity. As Eleanor Roosevelt said of ‘apathy’ in 1962 before her death, “we ought to fight it tooth and nail”. Together I am confident we can do this but only if we take action. This is why I am committed to the Nasty Women movement because it is time to act on my convictions. And making art is an action.
This is my Truth. What is yours?