Thursday, June 10, 2010
Currently reading this book by Linda M Scott. It is a well researched amazing book. I highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn about the history of Feminism and the ladies that were a bit on the wild side that got left out of the history books.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The machine gun in this piece was painstakingly hand embroidered in shades of pink thread. "Ms. Bathsheba Ira" is one of 9 life size images in this series. Come see them in person at AKA Gallery 3001 Paseo this Friday, June 4th at the show opening from 6-10PM.
The thought-provoking pieces are collages featuring, according to Artus, three key components: vintage ads, images of the Virgin Mary or a nun, and weapons. “I select ads that show some of the things that we as women were – and still are – told to buy if we want to have a good life or keep a man;” Artus says, “this bra, that book, this lingerie, that product.” On top of the ads, Artus places the images of the Virgin Mary or a nun – selected, according to Artus, for their symbolism of being the good girl or the ideal, well-behaved woman. “The expectation to be pure is part of what I’m exploring. These pieces express so many of my thoughts on religion and on the complexities of being a woman.” The weapons, ironically hand-embroidered in feminine shades of pink and yellow, are the finishing touch that Artus calls “symbols of power”.
“I find my journey through life as a woman one of my greatest curiosities;” says Artus; “in all of my work, I am trying to define what it means to be a woman or an aspect of the female persona and how our experiences are unique from men. My work is often very whimsical and disturbing at the same time.”