09 January 2011

we will not be silent

Lane Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The exhibit opened on January 6 and will be up through June, 2011.  During two days of installation were rich conversations with various people who work in Lane Hall, either as part of Women's Studies or the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.  Because of the thoughtful comments and questions, I came to really appreciate this space where my work will be for 6 months, and to know that several people will really look at the work in a deep way. What else can an artist ask for?

For this exhibit, I put together a collection of works focusing on people who refuse to be silent, from Mother Jones, to antiwar protestors, to Audre Lorde. I was greatly inspired by Lorde’s essay, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action", and that led to my piece called the price of silence (shown above) which includes a photo of Audre taken when she visited Ohio Wesleyan College in the early 1980's. 

The other work shown here is called to make the road.  the title comes from the following poem by Antonio Machado:

Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino y nada mas;
Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace el camino,
y al volver la vista atras
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante, no hay camino
sino estelas en la mar.

Traveller, it is your footsteps that are
the road and nothing more.
Traveller, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road,
and turning, you look back at the way 
you will never tread again.
Traveller, there is no road
           only traces on the sea 

This exhibit is co-sponsored by the School of Art & Design, Rackham Graduate School, Center for the Education of Women, Institute for the Humanities, Spectrum Center, Program in American Culture, and History Department.


Dyana Valentine said...

amazing, mom. great shot, powerful statement. so glad you are on the planet making art. thank you.

ellen said...

thanks, dy. you know i wouldn't have been able to do any of this without your insights and support.