|石女 (umazume, stone woman) Teapot Bustier|
|Medium||Glazed ceramic with teapot handles|
|Dimensions. H”xW”||12″ x 8″ x 11″|
It’s been said that a woman’s place is in the home, surrounded by these objects. In the worst interpretation, women are objects themselves, property of their husbands, thought to be appeased with gifts of domestic items, fine china, tchotchkes, etc. to keep them placated and willing to do their duty in the home and bedroom. My work explores these associations of objects to women. Each piece refers to a style of ceramic or other iconic domestic object. They work as portraits with no face, as much every woman as any woman.
I’ve always been a sculptor and feminsit. As a child, I created with whatever was available and argued about sexist language in first grade over things like “all men are created equal.” After art school, I worked in the New York art world and floundered between graduate school or having a family. Back then it seemed difficult to do both. Having survived cancer, I chose family with art on the sidelines. I look at the last 25 years as research. I worked in typical male and female jobs which gave me greater perspective. I feel gender roles are stifling our society’s progress. Each of their own talents and abilities would be better. My work is simply me processing all these ideas, and experiences in relation to history. Through ceramics, I create objects that tell their own stories, mine and those I bear witness to through the lens of a woman.