Artist's Statements About Individual
Portrait of the Artist as a Woman
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
28 x 17
To be a woman and an artist was not the norm when I was growing
up, especially in the Upper Midwest in the 1950s. This biographical
self-portrait takes the form of a stylized digital line drawing
that is fleshed out in a verbal narrative with computer-set typography
(a product of my graphic design background and my consuming passion
for fussed-over type). The narrative is mostly personal, but the
last couple of sentences speak to the reality of the situation faced
by countless other “women artists”: I wasted a lot of my life convincing
myself to do art only for others, and it is a hard habit to break.
My own art went into homely obligations, and I think that’s why
families are so rich in quilts and doilies and other fancywork…
and why most of it is Anonymous.