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Superheroine, A Suit of Armor to go out in, a chair to sit with feelings
Repurpose is the premise of my work, so the cape began with a ready-made garment from my closet. I began this piece in early March 2020 to wear to a PBS “World on Fire” Masterpiece Theatre launch screening I was helping to host. Then as the pandemic literally set the “world on fire,” the screening was cancelled. I had also planned to march in a local women’s group march commemorating the ratification of the 19th Amendment the same month, so I added a relevant message. When that event was also cancelled, the piece started to grow organically to address other problems I felt bombarded with emotionally, and started to function in my mind as a symbolic “suit of armor.” I felt that I needed a superheroine feeling every time I walked out of my door. I didn’t actually wear the piece, but kept it in my mind’s eye, and imagined it magically protecting me. I have been working full time from home, struggling to stay positive to colleagues and clients. This is reflected in the bright and cheerful colors on the surface in juxtaposition to the dark foundation, representing the smile I am required to wear to keep doing my job, when I really feel all black underneath, a turmoil of sadness, fear, doubt and despair, much of which relates to the current threat of the disappearance of rights that have taken decades to get.
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