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 my respect to women and women-identified leaders 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 various tropes from art history and political poster history (predominantly male-occupied) to suggest her 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 WitW 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 WitW 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 WitW portrait