The Goddesses and Exceptional Women Series
The Goddess and Exceptional Women Series evolved from my previous project, Anima/Persona. The Anima / Persona series began as an exploration of the persona (external projection of self) and the anima (inner soul). These digital collage portraits of women were influenced in part by Symbolist paintings. As a young art student, I was fascinated by the symbolist and Decadent paintings. In these images I admired the reaction against the mundane, the banal, and bourgeoisie normalcy of the late 19th century. I later learned that many of these artists worked from misogynist fears stemming from their discovery that the Victorian notion that women did not have a sexual nature was untrue, and of their fear of the nascent women’s movement for equality. The elements of the Symbolist work that I found of interest were their reaction against the mundane, the banal, and bourgeoisie normalcy of the late 19th century.
In this series I am using vintage photographic portraits of women. I transform each individual with digital collage into a particular mythological goddess or as women who have made a significant contribution to society. Disturbed and concerned by the regressive and repressive attitudes towards women found in current in political and religious groups today, I am moved to create images of women who can wield power (in positive or sometimes in negative behaviors). I am expressing the creative, intellectual, power, exotic, spiritual, and esoteric qualities of women. It is my small way of fighting back.