Michigan Women’s Caucus for Art shares Visual Thinking Strategies

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Nine of us gathered Thursday evening, May 19th to share our artwork and ideas.  We continued our exploration utilizing Visual Thinking Strategies to discover new ideas about the art we are creating. Beginning with three simple questions we were able to generate a whole list of concepts and themes that enriched both the artist that created the piece of artwork, and the group learning to see without judgement.

In the next week we will be emailing  a survey to our members, potential members, and anyone interested in becoming more involved with WCA.  We will be inviting you to share your thoughts to help shape our future. To get us started in response to a suggestion by one of our members Kathleen Letts, we will begin a discussion on the topic of  gender and art.

We will meet Thursday, June 16th, 7-9:00pm at BrendaOArt Studio 1342 North Main St., Suite 7, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (contact Brenda for directions boelbaum@yahoo.com).

The following are some questions to consider:

What is the function of a gender based arts group?

Have gender identity and/or gender roles changed in our 21st century culture?

Are the gender perceptions from the 1960’s and 1970’s feminist movement still valid today?

How do we define “feminist art”?

“I’ve always sought to express a tension in form and meaning in order to achieve a veracity. I have come to the conclusion that the art world has to join us, women artists, not we join it. When women are in leadership roles and gain rewards and recognition, then perhaps ‘we’ (women and men) can all work together in art world actions.” Nancy Spero

Published by Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.

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