Rightedness is a metaphorical sculpture in the style of "ecologe," a style by which one collects and reconfigures discarded items to give them a new life as art. The principal aim of this sculpture is to make the viewer think simultaneously about detritus, aesthetics, and the tension of women's political reality. Using mostly recycled materials--wood, mining slag, paper-mâché, paint, metal, and cloth--the sculpture expresses how glamour in our culture serves to distract us from women's continuing oppression.
Rightedness, 2007 | Wood, mining slag, paper-mâché, paint, metal and cloth | 4 x 4 x 5.6 feet
The political right has a deep abiding commitment to an ideology that is antithetical to women's roles and rights in society. This sculpture seeks to provide a provocative, but aesthetic rendition of that atavistic ideology.
Layers of meanings meant to provoke thought and reflection are embedded in the title of this work. The most obvious is the long-standing intersection between certain positions on the political spectrum and deeply held atavisms about women's roles, rights, and political standing in society. This feature is apparent in the red, white, and blue of the woman's legs, shoes, and noose that tethers them. A subtler meaning is the stronger, fundamental dogmatism of an obdurate belief in being right, or unassailably correct about women's social and political roles and their talents.
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