As the weeks churn on and rapidly bring us to the end of the semester, I am reflecting on my progress and all that yet needs to be completed before its conclusion in early June.
This past semester my work has been devoted to the meta-narrative of women artists. I have taken on the mission statement of the Guerilla Girls, an activist feminist group fighting for the rights of women artists, past and present.
Women artists have been historically written out of the art canon. My archive presented and which is forming allows the medium of stained glass, through vitreous paintings on glass to present the heroines of art, as patronesses of art.
Utilizing a metaphorical parody with both the historical traditions of the icon and traditional portraiture, in addition to the symbolic nature of the medium of stained glass, I am embracing a concept from the sacred to the secular.
The archive forming presents the icons as honestly and forthright as possible to convey the seriousness of my intent. Through a metaphor of hypertext that is found electronically on my blog, the key to the archive can be found and understood. Hypertext as a contemporary notion alludes to the code and meaning of these collective images as a gestalt, to further tell the story of the meta-narrative and women artists of generations, represented through the varied intensities of glass, color and light.
Furthering the meta-narrative of my work, in an attempt to conceptually bring together my vitreous paintings on glass, vitreous femmage, stained glass assemblage, and mixed media/ oil paintings, I have explored the idea of the ‘homage’ to further extract and tell the stories of heroines of art. The homage paintings stemming technically and aesthetically from my intuitive paintings from last semester as visual prayers, places the meta-narratives of these paintings to ask, “So what shall we pray for?”