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20 years ago today

The folk ballad “Independence Day” was released by Martina McBride.  Written by Gretchen Peters, this narrative song tells the tale of an abused wife in desperate circumstances from the vantage point of her eight year old daughter.  It has become the anthem for marginalized women everywhere, containing powerful words strung together with the greatest use of metaphors I’ve ever come across.  The video by Martina is mighty powerful too as you can see below.

This song serves as a personal linchpin to me when it comes to creating art.  That something can evoke such emotion, produce such deep feeling is an incredible gift.  I can’t imagine ever having that kind of capacity, and it’s find if I don’t.  It is just an awesome thing to know that there are those out there who ARE able to produce works that reach right to the center of the world and shake things up in such a zeitgeisty-kind-of-way.

Enjoy the video, listen to the words:

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>Finally, my first collage work


You’ll see Warhol-style simplicity, some amazing phrases I found in books, a b & w photocopy of an old movie star posing with confidence and astarlet in her bo-peep cutesy dress, ribbon and curls gazing up at him adoringly.  Finally, if you look close enough at the words in the woven section across the top, you will see they are all names and events that took place in the past few centuries that have given women a near-equal standing with men in this world. 

In creating this piece, I had a real struggle not to go too snarky and cynical with it.  I mean, with the listing of career choices such as “Reluctant leader … Seamstress … Spectator of sporting events” it was very hard to quelch my self-righteous, outspoken demons.  But in the end, I am really pleased with this oddity and hope you all enjoy it too.  My first collage piece… Done at long last.