Truth: There’s More to the Story
At a recent writing circle, someone said, “When a woman tells a story, you know you’re only hearing the half of it.” The truth is, our lives are complex and complicated. Revealing all the details can sometimes overwhelm the story (and ourselves!). If we decide to leave something out, that’s our prerogative. But when our stories are marginalized, re-worked, misinterpreted and manipulated by others, it’s a downright assault on our well-being.
So along come the truth-tellers: The women who write and tell their stories, and stand up for the rest of us. “Brazen, libertine women,” like Audre Lourde, Simone DeBeauvoir, and Erica Jong, who are LL featured in artist Sylvi Herrick’s recent works.
But our stories can also be collective. Debroah Reid’s “quilt” sculpture tells the story of the Underground Railroad journey. Another painting speaks what it’s like to live in community.
Or the artwork is downright confessional, such as the portrait series recently composed by Erin Kendrick. She based her portraits on on the poetic monologues of “For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”
Finally, women’s art can show the power of women of all descents to speak their truth, as in the portraits created recently by Debbie Pounders. They highlight women who are self-aware, and have the confidence to choose to tell their stories—or not.
Please join us on January 26 for our opening artist reception and guided tour of the artwork of these four women truth-tellers in our community. No writing, just wine and cheese and “brazen, libertine” conversations! Please join us! Men welcome (and encouraged) to attend this event, also.