Working Towards A Goal During A Pandemic

When the pandemic hit, I was taken aback as most of us were. I didn’t know what that meant for my career, all my plans seemed impossible, and I would have to adjust.For the past several years, my work has been in service to the community.

In March of 2020, I was a year into a very personal project that felt instantly irrelevant and meaningless come COVID.Like most artists, I have to work to make money, and what to do with the work I started? So I reinvented what I was working on and made plan B and applied for a grant, fingers crossed. The application process allowed me to organize my intentions behind the work and have a plan in writing.

Here is the short version of the proposal and my intention for the work I’m doing.

OVERALL DESCRIPTION
What Does it Mean to Be A Woman (placeholder title) celebrates the ways people who identify as women express their gender identity while challenging harmful gender stereotypes that society reinforces in the media.

The project welcomes contrasting definitions of identity as part of an art exhibition of large paintings, video, and three public educational events. The project invites women to reimagine themselves in today’s challenging times—highlighting the wisdom they naturally embody beyond limited role models.

My hope is to encourage meaningful conversation that empowers women and exposes fuller gender representation—providing a platform for perspectives and experiences which carry the power to shape a different collective future. In video interviews, each woman will share unique and diverse perspectives on the meaning of womanhood, allowing the viewer exposure to new ideas or possibilities about what it means to be a woman. The work honors many points of view ultimately intended to break gender stereotypes and promote unbiased gender expression.

I will know in December 2020.


IMAGE CREDITS: Top of page is Ruth Chase in a Zoom conversation with Be Boggs. Below, Gabi Markham from her instagram.

PARTICIPANTS: Kim Stewart, Nicole Weaver, Adrienne, Carolyn Crist Wright, Be Boggs, Luciano Mota, Beatriz E. Ledesma, Michelle Amador, Mira Clark, Gabi Markham, Tia Tuenge, Terra Nyssa, Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross, and Sarah Clark.

I AM HERe Installation

Women in a Rural County

Women are an essential part of any community, yet their sense of belonging is often tied into gender roles, not always satisfying their sense of belonging. Mother, sister, partner, we all have women in our lives. I AM HERe is intended to mirror the voices of how men and women view women’s unique sense of belonging against the backdrop of our rural community. Lead artist Ruth Chase has sought to examine her own sense of belonging over the course of a year by asking questions through social media and taking her personal journey alongside the community. Now, the public is invited to share their own stories about themselves or the women in their lives by participating in the public art installation.