It’s shocking but true: Only TWO percent of the art in our national museums is by women. To help right this wrong, we’ve created a new platform for local female artists to display their work right here at Women Writing for (a) Change.
New Platform for Art plus Writing for Women
We’ve begun by featuring two storyteller artists as part of our Writing The Memoir: From Truth to Art fall series. Curator and women writer Cookie Davis felt Joyce Gabiou and Jennifer Bothast they would complement our writing circles with their compelling artistic and storytelling styles.
Thanks to Cookie, Jennifer, and Joyce for investing in this community with their dedication to feminine expression.
Watch the Buzz TV interview and read the Resident News article here.
Artist Statement: Art by Jennifer Bothast
I have always been fascinated with the way the light glows through stained glass. I remember being a small child and being moved to tears not only by the story-telling of the stations of the cross, but by the transcendent beauty of the color and line creating this art.
Much of my work now still refers to this inspiration of vibrant color, light and line. It is important to me to tell my own story, to log my perceptions, discoveries, and experiences with others. I suppose it is my way of marking my existence, my way of stating that yes, I have been here and yes, this is what I see and have come to know.
I have also begun using painting as prayer. I set my intentions in charcoal as I begin, hoping the vibration of my intention remains perceptible under many layers of paint at least on an energetic level. Every ending is a new beginning, every truth is a bit deeper than the one previously learned.
My art is how I lean into being the change I do, indeed, want to see. This is how I channel peace.
Artist Statement, Art by Joyce Gabiou
My artistic life began with finding my bliss through water media and personal growth research. Self knowledge is the backbone of my work and the reason why I have evolved from realism to abstract. My love of abstract expressionism and non-object work has led me on the road less traveled. I never looked back and continue to be a seeker by painting from the soul.