Do not mistake
my passive permission
for a lack of strength
SUFFERANCE 1.17 - acrylic on canvas 24"x30" ©2017 Erin Thomas
Women's sufferance is the one theme that has consistently shown up in my work for over a decade.
A few years back, I actually had an art buyer say "Why do you always paint women?"
The only response I could muster was "Last time I checked, I was one."
To be fair, my photography and design endeavors often seem to follow strong male professions…
but when I paint, a much more personal exploration is necessary and self examination is always present, I can't change the perspective the cards have dealt me.
I thought about writing a poignant piece on womanhood today, but really, there's nothing out there that you probably don't already know.
At 45 years old, I can honestly say that I have endured nearly every single hair-raising aspect of being a woman including... abuse, sexism, childbirth, poverty, aging, lower pay and male-based gynecology and medical systems. I have also been fully present for the joys of motherhood and the intense emotional joys that come with a fully involved feminine life. Aging into the second half of womanhood is somewhat of a relief except for the still-present battle I still seem to have with balancing underpaid work with duties at home … and the perceived currents that makes a woman feel not a valuable contributing member of society…but then again, when anyone appears on camera, they still always say "Hi Mom."
Bowersock Gallery is located in on the Wharf in Provincetown's historic gallery district, on the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Provincetown is recognized as one of America's oldest continuing arts colony in the country.
With all my pussy-hat wearing sisters headed to Washington DC this weekend, I couldn't help but throw in a new design at Cafe Press to honor their bravada.
Erin Thomas is an artist, designer and photographer from Southern Maine
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