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Images Speak: Strength in Time of Weakness

Good friends provide strength during difficult times, and this homage to a true friend is stunning! The artist, Catherine Tourangeau describes the portrait as “a woman who brought light to a very dark time, and lent me her strength when I was weak.” The expressive yet peaceful “Strength” is painted with acrylics on canvas.

Check out the submitted pieces of art by visiting our page Images Speak.

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We have added a new page titled “Images Speak: What is a Woman” which features art from you!!

Artist Rebecca L. Boyer was the first to submit an original piece titled “Monica,” made with pastels on colored paper. Find out more about Rebecca’s art, and discover how to exhibit your work, by visiting  Images Speak: What is a Woman.

Amy Winehouse Found Dead at Age 27

Singer-songwriter Amy Jade Winehouse (born on September 14th 1983) was found dead today July 23rd 2011 in her London apartment. She was 27 years old, and a couple months away from her 28th birthday. She joins others such as Cobain, Joplin, Hendrix, and Morrison to die at this age. Currently, the cause of her death is unknown.

Read more here.

She was open about her mental health and substance abuse issues, and her death brings renewed attention to these issues. She admitted in various interviews that she had problems with depression, mood swings, self-harm and eating disorders. In 2007, Amy was hospitalized for an overdose due to mixing heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol.

Amy Winehouse was known for combining musical genres including R&B, soul and Jazz. Winehouse’s first album, Frank, was released on 20 October 2003 and received rave reviews. In 2009, The The Sunday Times credited the release of her album, Back to Black,  as directly creating the market for the “the year of the women.” Due to Winehouse’s popularity, record companies began seeking out female artists with a similar fearless attitude and sound. In March 2011 the New York Daily News attributed the wave of British female artists that have been successful in the United States to Winehouse and Spin magazine’s Charles Aaron was quoted saying, “Amy Winehouse was the Nirvana moment for all these women. They can all be traced back to her in terms of attitude, musical styles or fashion”.

Read more on her Wikipedia Page.

Disturbing, Terrifying….Awe-Inspiring, Speechless….

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Okay, I’m not totally speechless; this is sick. This in fact, epitomizes bad parenting. From a psychological standpoint, I think it is fair to assume that this is incredibly detrimental to a child’s mental welfare and malleable/influential self-image. These girls are at an age where they are being molded and their most powerful role-models are the presence and teachings of their parents. Not only is this sexualizing little girls-children, and teaching them that worth is based on superficiality and a status quo “beauty,” but it  spotlights them for predators and that, is not being a protective and sensible parent.

This is….shit culture at its best.  Really…swimsuit competitions, for 6 year-olds? Are these parents so dense that they see nothing wrong with this, or is is mere desperation for their child to be the “prettiest and best,” that complete denial warrants their behaviors?

I Never Knew Much About Kiki Smith…but she is a FEMINIST.

“If you are a female artist, you’re already marginal, on a discard pile, so you can use things or situations that are discarded, that are sort of free, and that’s aren’t associated with power.” – Kiki Smith

I never knew much about Kiki Smith except that we had the same name, and that I sort of really liked a lot of her work. I recently stumbled across an article in the awesome magazine, Women In the Arts (from National Museum of Women in the Arts), called “Kiki Smith: Embracing Outcasts.” It isn’t difficult to miss her; Kiki Smith is a rare and eminent success in the male-dominated Art field.  I have seen her work in person here and there; but for me, often knowing the history, story, and the artist’s process, adds an intriguing aspect to the whole experience of viewing his or her work (generally speaking). Maybe it is my chronic sense of curiosity in all things, but it helps me understand the wholeness, origin to fulfillment.

I became a bigger fan of Kiki’s after reading this article in Women in the Arts. She is a feminist and has an undoubtedly influenced stance on it in her work. In this article they’ve focused on her new work which is a mixture of different medias but forming these wonderfully painful and heavy figures of chained, naked women, as if they are carrying the weight of the world upon their shoulders. Their heads slightly tilted back and rearing towards the sky; they are reminiscent of an ideology most have still refused to overcome, and that is the oppression or shackled status of women’s ability to move forward. These sculptures are fraught with subdued rage, resentment aimed at their seemingly unknown oppressive forces. “How could this happen? Why?” they seem to think…

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