Equality at the Ohio Craft Museum


>>THIS EXHIBIT IS A GROUP OF WOMEN ARTISTS THAT WE PUT TOGETHER, CERAMIC SCULPTORS FROM AROUND THE UNITED STATES. WE WANTED TO CHOOSE A THEME THAT IS A CONTEMPORARY AND IMPORTANT THEME RIGHT AND WE WANTED TO CHOOSE SOMETHING THAT WE COULD MAKE BEAUTIFUL WORK AND POINTENT IMAGES. SOMETHING THAT WAS TRUE TO OUR HEARTS AND PART OF OUR EXPERIENCE RIGHT NOW. AND WE CAME UP WITH THE THEME OF EQUALITY. AND, OF COURSE, EQUALITY MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE, BUT THIS EXHIBIT FEATURES MORE THAN JUST FEMALE PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT IT IS TO GROW UP FEMALE AND SORT OF THE PARAMETERS WE FEEL SOCIETY PLACES ON US. THIS PIECE THAT WE SEE BEHIND US IS LINDA GANSTROM’S PIECE. SHE REFERS TO “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” THAT — THE BOOK. AND THE CHARACTER OF ALICE AND SHE WANTS TO REINVENT THIS CHARACTER. WHEN I SEE THIS PIECE, THE FIRST THING WE SEE IS THIS SORT OF GARISH EMBELLISHMENT, THE TAFFETA. THE BODIES THEMSELVES OF THE WOMEN ARE EMBELLISHED ALMOST LIKE CORINTHIAN COLUMNS. THEY’RE VERY BEAUTIFUL AND VERY COMMANDING. THEY ARE THE FIRST THING YOU SEE WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE EXHIBITION. IT’S REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BEAUTY THEY HAVE AND THE POWER THAT THAT BEAUTY HAS. BUT WHAT I’M PARTICULARLY DRAWN TO IS NOT JUST THEIR BEAUTY, BUT THEY HAVE A PRESENCE. THEY HAVE STRENGTH. PARTICULARLY, THE ONE THAT’S SORT OF LOOKING UPWARDS. I FEEL LIKE SHE’S LOOKING BEYOND THE IDEA OF BEING JUST BEAUTIFUL. AND I THINK PERHAPS THAT’S THE IDEA OF THE MAKER IS TO LOOK BEYOND THIS IDEA THAT WE ARE ONLY POWERFUL BY OUR BEAUTY. I THINK A LOT OF THE PIECES IN THE EXHIBIT DISCUSS ISSUES THAT ARE ONGOING, SORT OF PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE IN SOCIETY. THINGS THAT WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT A SOLUTION TO.>>I’M A MOTHER. I HAVE BOTH A SON AND A DAUGHTER. AND SO I DON’T THINK ABOUT EQUALITY SO MUCH FOR WOMEN, BUT FOR EVERYONE, AND NOW AS WE BECOME MORE GLOBAL, WE BEGIN TO LOOK AT OTHER CULTURES AND THE WAY THEY VIEW WOMEN AND MEN AND REALIZE, I THINK I HAVE AN INTERNAL DIALOGUE ABOUT EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS FOR EVERYBODY. IT’S BEEN A REALLY HARD STRUGGLE FOR US, I THINK, AS HUMANS FOREVER, TO VIEW EACH OTHER EQUITABLY.>>I HAVE A BABY ON THE WALL THAT CARRIES A QUOTE FROM “PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA” THAT SAYS, “BE KIND FOR EVERYONE YOU MEET IS DOING A GREAT BATTLE.”>>AND I THINK THAT THAT QUOTE REALLY HOLDS A KEY TO EMBRACING DIVERSITY AND TO SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF INEQUALITY. IF WE WERE TO EACH TREAT EACH OTHER WITH KINDNESS AND TREAT EACH OTHER AS THOUGH WE ARE EACH DOING A GREAT BATTLE, THEN I FEEL LIKE THIS WOULD TAKE CARE OF ALL THESE ISSUES THAT THE ARTISTS ARE DISCUSSING IN THIS EXHIBITION. SO, I’M PARTICULARLY DRAWN TO THAT PIECE, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT’S MORE THAN JUST — IT’S NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT INEQUALITY, IT’S, PERHAPS, ENCOURAGING US TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO IT.

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