During the January 2017 Women's March, I saw a placard proclaiming, "Vulva la Revolution." This is a bold counter to the misogynist rhetoric currently being spewed by Trump and his champions. I wanted to make a visual statement of the vulva, explicit, exposed and in your face.
To be confronted by an image of female genitalia can be considered vulgar. There is a long list of pejorative terms for these body parts and there is a great paradox between the male desire for this part of the female anatomy and of the prudish approach to its public display. I intend for these images to challenge the viewer to confront their own prejudices, but my purpose is to use the vulva as a symbol of power, beauty and political protest.
My first vulva image, Hidden Power, was in the show The First Hundred Days, Artist Respond curated and organized by Matt Adams at Houston’s Silos. My second image to be publicly displayed was Fruit of Carnal Knowledge in The Art Cycle Project of Trump THIS! at the Art Car Museum, Houston TX.
other political work:
In the summer of 2015, I rewrote my artist's statement to include this phrase: "I would like my art to make a strong social statement that would make the world a better place." As an abstract artist, I sometimes find this challenging. However I have a number of works which I feel express my response to political events or the general political climate.