Well, I am just now coming up for air again. We have been our new home for nine days now. The moving vans left exactly one week ago today. Tomorrow we leave for an extended vacation planned long before we ever even considered moving. Nothing like giving yourself extra motivation to work extra hard to get things unpacked.
I am happy to report that we've completed most of the "heavy lifting." We will still come back to some mess and the need for rearranging, but the house is livable. We are eating at a table again and sitting on chairs, not the floor. Today I got the last of the artwork unpacked and have made at least tentative decisions about where most all of it will go. I have to say that unpacking the artwork was actually enjoyable. You see everything afresh and have a chance to think about all your artist friends who have created the works.
I managed to get my studio pretty well unpacked as well. As you can see from the picture below, I haven't managed to get the surfaces cleared yet, but I've got a furniture arrangement that I am happy with.
Yesterday I went through my recent wall pieces to select one to submit for the upcoming members show at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center. I am trying to keep irons in the fire here. When I get back from vacation, it shouldn't take me long at all to get the last bits of clutter cleared away to begin working anew.
Here's one other view. You can imagine me sitting right there, working away on my post. Even though it's currently raining, the lush greenery outside my window is soothing.
I finished my "Threads of Resistance" piece just in time to submit it. I decided to call it "No Choice." I'm not exactly sure that the piece captures what I wanted it to say, but I decided I just needed to finish it. I can always make another piece , if I can figure out something that would work better. The artist statement may say it better than the artwork. It borrows a lot from my previous blog post about the piece:
"Women of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your coat hangers."
The disturbing imagery that this quote invokes for me has stuck with me since writing a paper on the Supreme Court Roe versus Wade trial for a Healthcare Law and Ethics course. The quote was from an earlier case in the Southern District of New York suit referred to as Abramowizc versus Lefkowitz. Coat hangers were and could be again a traditional tool for self-abortion.
The spiders web is intended to convey the sense of being trapped that I'd imagine someone needing an abortion might feel. Raising a child is such a huge undertaking that I can't imagine anyone going into it unwillingly. The question is not whether an abortion is good or not. The question is what is the lesser of two evils: an unsanitary, unskilled self-abortion or a very safe, sanitary physician assisted abortion.
Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.