Shout! Art by Women Veterans

Many thanks to Swords to Plowshares for putting together Shout, an art show featuring work by women veterans.  The show was held in San Francisco at The Women’s Building, a place that is its own work of art:

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While meeting many amazing artists and interesting art-show-goers, I soaked in the experiences of live readings, excellent cake, and a woman-centered space.

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here are several of my pieces displayed on an old grand piano

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another view of the display piano

I shared three pieces at this show:

ruby red combat boots

ruby red combat boots

Ruby Red Combat Boots – glitter, acrylic paint, studs, and jewels on leather

By early 2003, 6 months from separation, I was ready to click my heels together three times and head home.  But how would I get there?  And what shoes would I wear?  They’re not as delicate as the slippers Judy Garland wore, but I like to think if Dorothy left the Oz-land of the military, these are the boots that would transport her to her next adventure.

basic combat training journal

basic combat training journal

Basic Combat Training Journal – paper, ink

In 1998 I hid a blank journal in my pants, sneaking it through boot camp shakedown.  Luckily no one discovered my contraband (ideas and the ability to share them!).  Every night, head under an itchy wool blanket, I wrote.  Readers may explore this journal by reading entries in order, opening to random pages, or selecting entries marked with color-coded tags.

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vase (self-portrait) plus display placard

self-portrait – clay, sand, acrylic paint, shoe polish, rub & buff metallic goo.

unglazed vase.  i do not see myself as glazed.

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more photos of these pieces…

Sunday, March 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . feminism, sculpture, song, veterans, writing. Leave a comment.

Shout!

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a multimedia art show featuring works by women veterans.   it is open to the public and absolutely free.  everyone is welcome to come…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . feminism, midwifery, sculpture, song, veterans, writing. Leave a comment.

destruction of scale model fetuses

ft-1due to space constraints i had to part with my clay model fetuses.  i considered giving them away.  but because they were unfired clay pieces, they would break at the touch of a finger and over time would certainly fall apart.  after spending 100+ hours creating them, i thought that instead of just chucking the board in the dumpster, i would archive its destruction with a series of photographs.  soon all the work of sculpting, molding, and intricate detail lay clustered in scattered heaps of broken parts.

 

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Thursday, November 15, 2007. Tags: , , , . feminism, midwifery, sculpture. Leave a comment.

scale model fetuses

 

fetus-1_bigthese pieces are scale models of fetuses at 2.5, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 20, 26, 32, and 38 weeks. in the larger models, only half the fetus is represented and the viewer is left to imagine the mirror half. this is partly because i wanted nice flat backs for wall mounting, and partly because in the third trimester fetuses i had trouble creating whole babies that were not deformed. before doing anything like this again, i think a sculpting class is in order. this was a project for the Embryology and Fetal Development module of my National Midwifery Institute studies.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007. Tags: , , . feminism, midwifery, sculpture. Leave a comment.

self portrait

unglazed vase. i do not see myself as glazed. i textured and colored with sand, acrylic paint, shoe polish, and rub & buff metallic goo.

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Monday, December 4, 2006. Tags: , , , , . feminism, midwifery, sculpture. Leave a comment.

true nature

cottage in woodsMy feminist philosophy teacher, Shawn Doubiago, and John Stuart Mill’s “The Subjection of Women” challenged me to consider the true nature of women, the unadulterated-by-society nature of women. Can we ever know this nature? Mill doesn’t believe we can, claiming, “What is now called the nature of women is an eminently artificial thing – the result of forced repression in some directions, unnatural stimulation in others.”

Maybe we can’t fully know the true nature of women, but I think that listening to women, taking time with/for them, and providing them a natural free space begins to uncover their true nature.

I found such a natural free space while attending midwifery workshops at the The Farm Community in Summertown, Tennessee. The Farm is saturated with decades of progressive truth and love, intentional freedom and equality. Through the energy of its powerful woods and the pure full moon, i began to feel….well, essence. “true nature” is about one essential woman, what she (in me) looks like, what she (through me) does.

Because the true nature of the woman can never be completely uncovered, one verse is written in a “foreign” language to respect the great mystery.

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“true nature” is dedicated to Wendy, Hannah, Beth, Beth, Sarah, Lisa, Charlotte, Zaina, Caterina, and Maria – the ten beautiful women who fed and inspired my vision of raw female.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Tags: , , , , , , . feminism, midwifery, music, song, traditional music. Leave a comment.

V

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Since losing access to the wonderful Ding Dong Studios in Arlington, VA, I have been experimenting with multilayered home recording. Created with Garageband, “V” was my first entirely self-grown musical project. It was written in response to a guy who scorned any public broadcast of the word “vagina.” He said it was a dirty word, a swear word. To this my vagina reacted quite strongly, insisting on taking the mic and speaking the truth. You might say this song fell out of my lap.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006. Tags: , , , , , , , . feminism, midwifery, music, song, writing. Leave a comment.

lockdown

I recorded this album in the summer of 2005 after leaving the Army and taking an extended (and well-deserved) trip to Ireland.  It’s a solo work of original compositions inspired by folk, celtic, and modern sources.  Vocals, piano, Irish flute and fiddle combine haunting melodies and the powerful imagery of life and love.  An all natural unedited recording.  Featuring the awesome musical stylings of Jessica McFarland, Matthew Olwell, and Yuval Mann. Special thanks to Steve Tung for producing, recording, and shepherding this project.  Some sample tracks:

Lockdown:

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Fairy Grove Polkas:

Yes, it’s organically grown! No artificial ingredients.  You can get a copy of Lockdown here for $15 (+s/h).  It’s also available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.  I make my music available to people in all economic situations – please visit my recordings page for more information.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . feminism, flute, music, song, traditional music, veterans. 2 comments.