Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines: Betye Saar at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Wall color plays a specific role in Betye Saar’s latest exhibit at the Craft and Folk Museum in Los Angeles. The second floor gallery is painted in a soft shade of stone blue and in the world of laundry products, blue is a color reflector that makes whites appear whiter. The color has been a … Continue reading Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines: Betye Saar at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Holding a Mirror to Ourselves: Genevieve Gaignard in The Powder Room

“We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!” ~Dr. Maya Angelou   We are arguably our most vulnerable when we are alone with a mirror.  It’s … Continue reading Holding a Mirror to Ourselves: Genevieve Gaignard in The Powder Room

New Definitions (and Questions) of Power Emerge in a Show Featuring Black Women Artists

For 3 years I have dedicated the month of February to daily posts that celebrate black artists. It was a personal writing challenge as much as it was an artistic one because I wanted to expand my knowledge of black contemporary artists that were underrepresented in traditional arts publications.  The artists I featured have greatly influenced the work that … Continue reading New Definitions (and Questions) of Power Emerge in a Show Featuring Black Women Artists

Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories

When artists leave us too soon we are reminded of their greatness in the items they left behind.  Musicians have libraries of unreleased tracks or compositions, photographers leave behind negatives, contact sheets and undeveloped film, painters have hidden canvases or incomplete work and writers leave behind their words—ideas that weren’t fully developed, concepts that never came to … Continue reading Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories