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Homage is a celebration of women’s bodies and power by imagining the lives of the legendary warrior women known as Amazons. Using natural materials—egg shells, onion skins, human hair, rock, iron—a totem of breasts emerge and far away lands are mapped to recreate the lives of these feared and desired women who rode horses, practiced archery, fought to defend and conquer, and had sexual freedom. This work is a reminder that an egalitarian society once roamed north of the Black Sea.
In a world where violence against women is rampant and women’s reproductive rights are subjugated, I found solace in reading Adrienne Mayor’s book The Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World. In her book she unravels the myths associated with the Amazons and offers evidence that sheds light on the warrior queens’ legacy. The skilled horse riders wore trousers, adorned themselves with tattoos, invented ironworking, and fought valiantly using recurve bows, battle-axes, slings and lassos. My intention for this exhibition is to pay tribute to these Scythian heroes—a paean—to their ability to honor and respect individual strength as well as foster communal wisdom. From a collective vision of equality let us all become self-reliant stewards of our world.Art installation at Wieden + Kennedy Gallery May 5 - 27, 2016