THE NEW FEMININE, 2021
RED. The color of Lust, Passion and Desire.
It is the antithesis of RAW, UNFILTERED energy and emotion. Grabbing us by the throat and refusing to let go. Forcing us to look within at our own mistreatment of our BODIES and MINDS. Of our VALUE and WORTH.
A soulful vessel built with the propensity to LOVE and to be LOVED. To CREATE LIFE and To TAKE IT. To SPEAK our TRUTH and To BE HEARD.
To REFUSE TO SETTLE, and REFUSE TO KEEP QUIET.
Yet this gift is ignored. Pushed aside for a softer, sweeter, more approachable visage. Conditioned and engineered TO SELL OURSELVES SHORT. To speak with a kinder, pinker tone.
We flash a courteous smile, and say “thank you” when complimented for taking less than we deserve.
WE ARE THE EMBODIMENT OF RED.
My intention with the piece was to portray an abstract figure of a woman, going through the motions while unsuccessfully containing her FURY.
My HOPE is to evoke a particular memory, idea, emotion, or response. To allow it to pass through you fully until it is complete. Until it is healed.
XANADU is a magical landscape of Shadow and Light. Disillusionment & Opportunity. It is the Wheel of Abundance gradually gaining momentum towards a life of beauty, manifestation, illumination - and POWER!
But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
"Kubla Kahn" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Impact of Dreams
As a Romantic poet, Coleridge placed a strong emphasis on the power of imagination. "Kubla Khan" drifts back and forth from real historical facts to the dreams of the speaker. Coleridge claimed the lines for the poem came to him in a dream after he fell asleep while reading about Xanadu. The Romanticists placed great emphasis on dreams as a key to truth.