— portraits of sagacious women —
Eyeing Medusa is my newest project starting with a series of encaustic paintings of admirable, sagacious women.
As time progresses Eyeing Medusa will also include: interactive sculpture installations; workshops; and online resources.
Medusa (blamed for being raped and ultimately beheaded) represents the ancient wild/wise woman. Confrontation with Medusa (viewable only via mirror) necessitates reflection.
Eyeing Medusa invites Viewers to reflect upon women: powerful wise individuals.
To date I have six works in progress:
Autumn Peltier; Jody Wilson-Raybould; Patrisse Cullors; Malala Yousafzai; Greta Thunberg; and Rinelle Harper . . . and more on the way!
Do let me know what you think and feel free to propose individuals to be featured.
This is a tremendous amount of fun!
works in progress
Autumn Peltier is a 14 year old Anishinaabe girl from Wikwemikong First Nation. Autumn Peltier has become an internationally known advocate for water protection. She addressed world leaders at the United Nations in 2018.
Jacinda Ardern (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician serving as the 40th and current Prime Minister of New Zealand since 26 October 2017.
Following the massacre of 50 Muslims at two mosques in ChristchurchNZ, Ardern said, "We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages. And amongst that diversity we share common values. And the one that we place the currency on right now is our compassion and support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy. And secondly, the strongest possible condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this. You may have chosen us – we utterly reject and condemn you."
Her wearing of a hijab in solidarity with the Muslim community resonated with people worldwide.
A week later her government announced sweeping and immediate changes to New Zealand’s gun laws, including the banning of assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics, following the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Jody Wilson-Raybould (born March 23, 1971), also known by her initials, JWR, and by her Kwak'wala name, Puglaas, is the Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Liberal Member of Parliament for the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville. Jody Wilson-Raybould is known for fighting political interference and speaking truth to power.
Patrisse Cullors (born 1984) is an American performance artist and activist. Cullors is a noted advocate for prison abolition in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and founder of Dignity and Power Now. Patrisse Cullors is also a popular public speaker and a New York Times bestselling author.
Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban as a young girl in Pakistan. She spoke out publicly on behalf of girls and their right to receive an education. This made her a target. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived.
She established Malala Fund, a charity dedicated to giving every girl an opportunity to achieve a future she chooses. In recognition of her work, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2014 and became the youngest-ever Nobel laureate.
Greta Thunberg (born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish political activist seeking to stop global warming and climate change. In August 2018, she became a prominent figure for starting the first school strike for climate, outside the Swedish parliament building. Greta Thunberg has recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rinelle Harper (born 1998) is a First Nations woman from Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba. In November 2014, she was beaten and left for dead on the banks of the Assiniboine River at the age of 16. Harper rose to prominence as an advocate for victims of violence. A year later her home burned to the ground and still she and her family remained strong.
“I didn’t choose what happened to me but I did make a choice to speak out against violence,” Harper said. “That’s how I think of myself — not as a victim, but as a voice for change.”