Venus of Willendorf

Today I went to a lecture regarding the current exhibit Female Forms & Facets at Central Connecticut State University. It was a rare opportunity to hear three famous artists speak about their personal work. Carolee Schneemann, Penny Arcade, and Judy Fox all spoke and was followed by Peggy doing one of her racy, challenging, thought provoking performances. If anyone knows anything about these artists you already know this shows theme…it’s All about women. This particular exhibit is focused on how Feminist Artists portray themselves and invokes questions of what women artists are saying about themselves, what issues they are choosing to address in their artwork, and challenges the stereotypical ways in which women are seen. I am not a great fan of Feminist Art but I am able to appreciate the “celebration” of femininity which is the essence of this exhibit. The show includes several artists using a variety of mediums and Judy Chicago is well represented. Again, not a great fan of some of Judy’s work but I was pleasantly surprised to learn she was a great friend and fan of the author Anais Nin, whom I also have great respect for.

The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements.

Anais Nin

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