JANUARY 1 2018 – AUGUST 2021
What Does it Mean to Be A Woman celebrates various ways people who identify as women express their gender and identity.
The project comprises of an art exhibition with large impactful paintings, video, three public educational events, and public engagement through social media channels. The project is approachable and accessible to all women, highlighting the wisdom women embody beyond limited role models.
What Does it Mean to Be A Woman encourages meaningful conversation that empowers women’s voices and exposes fuller gender representation—providing a platform for women’s perspectives and experiences to shape our collective future.
In each interview woman 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.
“One of the best ways to get an idea of how a woman feels about being a woman is to take a look at how she treats other women.”
– Renita J. Weems
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN
By Terra Nyssa
Instinctively we are born into this world as nurtures and leaders. We are born in this world as educators, supporters, guides and healers. We are born into this world as feeling, empathetic beings. We hold a special place in our hearts for those who show us beauty, love and strength. We have a desire to emulate that, to find the inspired, and the wisdom in life all around us. But we must also address the challenges, what happens to us along our journey is crucial. Being human is challenging, being a woman human in this modern time is even more challenging. Yet along this journey we stand in the shoes of many women who have come before us, not even knowing it. We as women wouldn’t be who we are without the ancestors who have come before us and made it possible to be who we are now. Through their suffering and celebrations were able to have a voice in so many ways they didn’t. With all its beauty and challenges in this present day, I am inspired by this generation of young women. By the collaborations that are taking place between generations of women. It’s an inspiring time to be a woman! So in some ways it feels like a responsibility as a woman to create platforms and support for all women in solidarity for the human beings on this planet. For those who show up and those who can’t. Depending on where a person comes from, what they have had to endure and and what we are lifted up by, all brings fuel to the story of women today. In collaboration we learn and grow. That’s what it means to be a woman today.
Photo by Renate Putzka of Terra Nyssa
Paintings by Ruth Chase
Ruth engages the community by interviewing women and men about what it means to be a woman. The interviews, and other material submitted by the community informs the work, resulting in large intimate paintings.
If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ruth at RuthChaseFineArt@ymail.com