Artist's Statements About Individual
The Judges 1985
Charcoal, pastel, and ink on paper 24 x
Deals with Church (symbolized by stained glass windows) and State
in women’s lives. It was (and still is) routine for a woman to recite
the word “obey” when being married in a religious ceremony, to take
her husband’s name, and for fundamentalists in various faiths to
consider the woman subservient to her husband. The mass media perpetuate
this image as they routinely use the words, “I now pronounce you
man and wife” as if, upon being wed, he becomes a man and
she relinquishes the parallel term, “woman.” Holding women in social
and economic bondage was routine in the ’80s, and it still is today
as the statistics (and advertising, and the entertainment
industry, and even groups who purport to work for justice) demonstrate.
The beat goes on … and the beat go on.