How to get the Power to keep Going
How are you celebrating the women who make your life normal?
For the past year, I have woken up everyday and say the date. I mark the day, and repeat in my mind what is on the schedule for the day. What is my 17 year old daughter doing? Does she have a class in math? Has she scheduled her tutor? I ask my husband if he is going to work? There is so much uncertainty with the lockdown of work and school. Our lives seem to have always been up in the air.
Yet, it has been a time to just keep going. Survival. Not enjoyment. Not looking too far into the future. To just live in the now and hope that the art will keep coming and everyone will keep something of their lives intact.
It is this context upon which a new show was created.
This show began with this first line in a story;
"As she jumped into the air, she thought I just want to be free"
This is the essence of the story for the Show "Be the Light" a series of originals for International Women's Day on March 8th.
(As an added perk I will also be releasing a small 5x7 framed print of the highlighted image "Launching into Life")
What is our future?
The goal nowadays is to be free from the restraints of everyday. Boredom, isolation, servitude and quarantine are just a few effects of our reality. However, this past year has been challenging for so many people, especially women. In fact, this time has been called a "shecession"- as almost 2 million women have dropped out of the working world. Most importantly, this time has set women working back 30 years.
Of course, we all know why this is. The taking care of the family, teaching kids online, taking care of aging parents are all part of this. The sacrificing to make certain we survive is at the top of the list.
Along with this, is the exhaustion and the isolation. So many women are doing these things are their own. The mental state and understanding of that they are the one's to help their kids keep going and feel normal is at the apex of this.
We are the Power
Knowing that so many are trying to persevere and be resilient, I decided to create 10 original pieces that speak to our presence. Each piece celebrates our power. As we are the power. Each piece is to help us remind women that they can get through to the other side. That side where kids go to school and are safe from the virus, that place where we can visit our parents without wearing masks or having a test. Or that place where we can go out with our friends or partners for dinner or a concert and revel in a moment of escape.
This will all happen again. Most importantly, it's now time to keep the last piece of resilience and persevere to when life will be filled with the normal routine.
To look at the new selection of pieces for "Be the Light" be sure to check out the collection at https://www.memoryartgirl.com/large-original-paintings. On March 8th, this page will have the new selection of pieces that will be on Sale until March 12th.