Cowgirls & BoxingBabes: The Positive Empowerment of Women in Male Dominated Professions
My work provides a narrative that embraces socio-political topics of extinction, duplication, and the overlooked and maligned role of women in male dominated occupations and culture, with a point of view that replicates reality.
When I was younger, I watched Westerns and Sports with my father, who introduced me to a world intended specifically for male audiences. Televised versions of westerns and the rough and tumble nature of sports in that era enveloped me in a masculine world view. I eschewed feminine toys and frilly dresses and embraced cowboy garb and the mechanics of a Colt 45. Although the word tomboy had derogatory and isolating implications for a young girl, I embraced the freedom of breaking boundaries and denying useless forms of gender identity.
In my series, Cowgirls & BoxingBabes I address the narrow portrayal of gender definition and duplication that TV provides by depicting our dreams and fantasies. Whatever the situation may be, it can still be contained in a television set. We dream, we record, we escape from life, only to be drawn back to the reality of life. It is neither good or bad, it is how we perceive and chronicle our stories. Cowgirls & BoxingBabes are a combined overview of female marginalization in definitively masculine professions and shows strength and tenacity of women who’ve achieved prominence in these vocations. In my process of blending abstraction and realism, traditionally diametrically opposed artistic styles, I engage the viewer in a visual narrative that is easy to negotiate and resonate with a subject matter that vibrates with the same opposition.
"Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality." ~ Lewis Carroll