I have had the luxury of remaining open to my naiveté and curiosity throughout my life. I have been fortunate to receive an education that allows me to systematically ask questions and wonder about current social norms that seem not quite right to me. And, like so many women before me and so many women still today, I have felt the need to say nothing about the marginalization of what is typically seen as women’s work in order to keep things as they are…
For Too long
Too too quiet
Holding our voices
Too much of saying nothing
To keeping the status quo as is
Too constricted by societal norms.
I no longer wish to shut my mouth. I know what I think and feel is not nothing. I wish to silence the voice inside me that says, “Keep quiet!”
Because I held my tongue for most of my life—my strongest voice became visual. I talk through my art. I gather data, research, learn, think, reflect, and feel—then I express myself visually in paintings and drawings. Once I see what I have made, I can begin to voice the ideas both verbally and in writing.