Fearless Fiber – the exhibition – was hung at Carrollwood Cultural Center by myself and the 5 other artists on Thursday and Friday last week. The show is open from July 6 to Aug 28th and the reception is Friday july 28 6-8pm
This exhibition features the work of 6 Fibre Artists who create Art out of that
which is to hand, using methods which are as old as the hills, and as new as the
moment. As artists we are divinely creative! In fibre art, nothing need be wasted.
As with all material arts, we deal with uncertainty, we find solutions to apparent
mistakes, and we repurpose failures. We wish you pleasure in the tactility,
sensuousness and expressiveness of Fearless Fiber.
Your Curator offers a Wombmanist perspective.
An evolutionary Future not only Loves the Present, where Evolution IS
happening, but also evolves the story of the Past. Hatred and Fear are in the
stories of the past, still, dying, HERE now. In this story NOW, we dance on the
grave of misery, and offer flowers to the corpse in respect of human suffering.
Fearlessly we weave our new story, our fabrics speak of creation. Joyously we
reach out to you, Viewing Listener, with our fabricated artistry.
All our wombmanist, feminasculin hearts beat with the wings of a peace dove.
God, goddess and good are words for concepts representing our ideals. Our
ideals are thoughts or signs existing in our heads – artists strive to create their
idea – an ideal vision. Meaning is interactive when art, which is communication, is
put in a public space.
Sarah Butz’s work, BOMB, shows the life pattern inherent even in the
destructive force of the bomb. If humanity can not stop fighting, Life will no longer
be ours and another species will evolve out of the ashes of our ecological niche.
Once this was the fate of the dinosaurs. The life impetus in them is that which is
The eco dyes of Barbara Kazanis and non-traditional sculptures and weavings
of Carolyn Kossar, celebrate the inventive collaboration of a human mind and
hands working with nature’s productions to co-create lovely things.
Mei-ling St Leger passionately presents both the creative and the
destructive potentials of human kind. Human industrial artifacts and their effects
on the natural world are represented in her work. Barbara Forgione‘s work is inspirational and a paeon to women of the world. Elizabeth Mitchell – curator. My work is my message. I too am desperate for
humanity to wake up to the effects of our destructiveness and to our creative
potential. The future NEEDS every one of us to spread the message of hope and
wisdom in seeing things differently.
The following Protestry is written to accompany the works of Barbara Forgione; a
series of paintings representing women in traditional dress. Women of the world
come to America with dreams of freedom alive in their breasts.
“Vietnamese in America”
Americans in Vietnam
were blind to Tiresias
old and snaggle toothed,
hearing the leaves that float down the river.
Synaesthesia is a form of sensing that Wombmen ( evolved humans) are
beginning to recognize.
Blind Tiresias, is an archetypes of those whose image of the future is ignored by
the populace; in this poem, simply an old fisherman of Vietnam whose life was
irrevocably changed as was that of his people, by contact with America.
(aka Native American)
This land is Mother.
Our waters are our life blood.
As the sun rises and sets we stand here.
The sun also rises.
ab – origine – a proud word meaning originating out of the land.
Aboriginal people – In the big picture we all originate on earth.
In the tiny picture, “aboriginal” disparages people. The tiny mind in the
small head does not understand that in honoring others we grow
“Africa’s Women in America”
My Stephen sought to liberate the toe of my shoe.
My Ken fought to liberate my water from oil,
spilled there by careless greed.
Mama Wangari planted trees,
and ‘Tunde made music.
My guerrero amplifies those songs.
Now we write the story anew.
We seek to liberate women,
We make peace with justice
as fairly as we know how.
We plant seeds and make music.
Stephen Biko – freedom fighter killed in South Africa
Ken Saro Wiwa – killed protesting everyday oil spills where his people farmed and
fished and washed their clothes.
Wangari Maathai, – created a program to plant trees in distressed areas.
‘Tunde is a Yoruba word for “Returns”, and means Nigerian. Black in Latin is
Niger. ( nee-gere ) For artists, all colors have value and different uses.
Guerrero – warrior – refers in this Protestry to all imprisoned by ignorance who
continue to struggle.
Tunde reminds me of “Regresare y le dire a la vida” – “I shall return and tell life
[all about it]”, a line from a poem by Antonio Guerrero. He was imprisoned in
America while peacefully working forCuban rights. Fibre Arts, weaving and
painting, and also other arts – are returning , as part of people’s daily lives.
“Tibetan Women in America”
See the beauty in which our culture still lives.
“Women In America whose Culture is Based in the Book.”
Our traditional dress is our pride and our shame.
Our bodies are our shame and our pride.
Our book is responsible for suggesting that woman is evil.
We choose what we wear in freedom from or servitude to manipulation
by those who misinterpret male and female ideals.
This poem is relating to both images, the American women, runway models,
insouciant in their exposure of flesh and wealth, blind to accusations of
arrogance and disrespect. And the Muslim women, one in full Burkha,
modest in their uniformed appearance, blind to accusations of bondage and
Do we and they see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil of women? Do we and
they comprehend and rejoice in our creative potential in THIS moment?
We, wombmen, are story tellers in all our arts. I Lib, curator, can get lost in the
web of words. Thank you for your listening eye.
I thank Nancy Kirkpatrick of CCC for her guidance and invaluable assistance.
I thank Barbara Forgione for her inspirational work.
I thank Carolyn Kossar for her constant encouragement, inspiration and
I thank Mei-ling St Leger for being there all the way.
I thank Sarah Butz for her calm assurance, her unflappable positivity and her
I thank Barbara Kazanis for sharing her exciting expertise in the field of eco-dying
and for so much more.
And especially I thank you who are so interested in our exhibition. May it inspire
you too to want to share your vision of what must be done for all creatures to live
in harmony in a beautiful future.