How is power made visible? How is it conveyed by artists current and historical? When do we see power embodied, enacted, and exchanged?

I explore these questions in my current project “Women in the Way. ”

 

In “Women in the Way,” I share my lifelong interest in creating images of activists, and the reasons I’ve developed an exhibition featuring women ages 50 and above. I photographed women who resist, teach, witness, and create change in fields of land and water rights, art, immigration, housing, storytelling, and sustainability. I then introduce photocollage, hand drawing, and printmaking techniques. This shows aspects of a sitter’s persona and employs art historical methods to suggest narrative and stature in a public portrait. The approach draws attention to how one interprets gendered images, representations of power, and contexts of meaning.

 

Glida and Jade Morgan stand with Teacher and Healer Glida's portrait

Glida and Jade Morgan stand with Teacher and Healer Glida’s WitW portrait

 

Poet and Environmentalist Heidi Greco stands with her portrait

Poet and Environmentalist Heidi Greco stands with her WitW portrait

 

Founder of Women Transforming Cities and former city councillor Ellen Woodsworth stands with her portrait

Founder of Women Transforming Cities and former city councillor Ellen Woodsworth stands with her WitW portrait 

 


Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts Director and Singer Dalannah Gail Bowen stands with her portrait

Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts Director and Singer Dalannah Gail Bowen stands with her WitW portrait

 

CUPE 15 Bargaining Committee member and Vancouver Art Gallery Educator Susan Rome stands with her portrait

CUPE 15 Bargaining Committee member and Vancouver Art Gallery Educator Susan Rome stands with her WitW portrait