A writer picked up a paint brush to tell her truth.
The "I Feel" series came into existence because I wanted to let myself feel. In a world where we have to curb it all to be one thing or the other, and still somehow be authentic, these paintings tell my story, tell the snippets, the sagas, the anecdotes, the dreams and the nightmares. With these paintings I not only say how I feel, but also start the journey of accepting how I feel. Also, there's nothing more cathartic than throwing paint on a canvas.
As part of the "I Feel" series I have created paintings with the hashtag #MeToo. These paintings tell the stories of women who have been demeaned, made to feel small, insulted, humiliated, asked to be quiet, asked to be less, told to be seen and not heard, asked to become invisible except for their curves. I'm telling my #MeToo and #Optimism stories through these paintings. I'm standing up with other women who are telling their story, getting ready to tell their story or are unable to tell their story--I stand with all of them, the victims, the targets, the survivors.
To eliminate gender inequality we need more women in high positions in politics, the corporate world, everywhere. We need role models that we can be inspired by and learn from. All proceeds from #MeToo and #Optimism paintings will go to fund EMILY's List--an organization helping to elect more pro-choice Democratic women.
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