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.

WOMEN – Independence Interdependence

Women by Ruth Chase

Ruth Chase Woman 2020“Women: Independence, Interdependence”
by Ruth Chase
acrylic, thread, cotton yarn on cardboard with video
24 x 48″

I am exploring independence and interdependence of women. Through the use of cardboard, acrylic paint, thread, and cotton yarn, this piece is a meditation on how pain is stored in the female body. With phrases like I am afraid to be vulnerable, I am not lovable, and childhood fear taught me not to trust, were written on each disc, and used to create the breast element in the work. Within the work, there are references to gender dysphoria, menses as independence and interdependence, and the female body as being in service.


THE ART OF COLLABORATION – RUTH CHASE AND CHANTELLE GOLDTHWAITE