For International Women's Day I celebrate all the creative sisters (not just cis-ters) who have impacted my life and work. Here is a tribute to just a few of the many many. (from top left across)
One of my very first cd's (Whitney Houston's Bodyguard was my first -- thanks Steven Cohen for letting me keep it.) I think I picked up the Very Necessary album in 3rd or 4th grade. I can still sing you all the lyrics to Shoop and None of Your Business. Thank you for your incredible energy ladies. You help me feel confident in a flash.
2. Mariah Carey
I still remember the very first time I saw the video for Dreamlover with Mariah dancing in those wildflower fields, but it was Hero that stole my heart. In the third grade I sang Hero in front of the whole school during our talent show. I was so emotional I cried after singing the song. ☺
3. Frida Kahlo
Frida and I crossed paths when I was 15 or 16, when I was struggling with one of my most difficult waves of depression. I was drawn to the bold colors of her work and her use of symbolism. I had no idea what any of it meant, I just knew I loved her. On a trip to Venice, Italy, when I was 16, it just so happened that a gallery in St. Marks Square was holding an exhibition of her work. Our trip guide gave me directions to the gallery, and I walked my independent self through the city to see her work for the very first time. All of her famous works were in front of me! I stood in front of The Two Fridas breathing in Frida's spirit for as long as I could.
4. Beth Gibbons
Beth, your voice got me through some really tough high school years. You don't even know. I should write the evening shift Sam Goody music store employee who said, "Have you heard of Portishead?" a love letter. And I seriously love you too. Thank you for making the most beautiful Pluto-Saturn-Scorpio-deepest depths of the soul music for me and Stacey to drive around our neighborhood to.
Georgia was my high school art teacher's (Mrs. Stanik -- who I also have a special place in my heart for) favorite artist ever. It was Georgia O'Keeffe everyday, 180 days for all four years. And I'm thankful to Mrs. Stanik for it. I have always felt so comforted in O'Keeffe's desert colors and flowers...but now that I'm OLDER, and learning more about HER there is a much deeper connection between our creative souls I am appreciating. Georigia, I can't wait to see your work in Santa Fe this summer!
6. Kate Winslet
Winslet's work connects me with the deepest, darkest, most raw parts of the human spirit and soul. Thank you Kate for taking on the projects Revolutionary Road, The Reader and Mildred Pierce. We need more stories, characters, and truths like these in film.
7. Lynne Allen
Lynne, you are the best printmaking teacher ever. Thank you for being my mentor in college. Thank you for pushing my art, giving me the opportunity to attend Anderson Ranch, and planting lots of seeds in my heart about honoring Native American heritage. I miss you.
8. Julia Hetta
I discovered Hetta's work on Pinterest 1.5 yrs ago, and I was stunned. Her work was everything I wanted to make/be/dream/eat when I imagined myself as a working artist. I can't get enough of the light, the air, the color and the unusual in her photographs. Julia, thank you for coming into my life during a very critical time -- 6 months before the return to a creative practice after a 5 and half year hiatus. Your work is my guiding point on the horizon. I hope we can meet one day.
Haruka, your work is what sealed the deal for me on attending the Local Milk retreat in Japan during March/April of last year, a retreat and community that has brought so much incredible beauty into my life. Thank you for being my photography mentor this past year. Your work leaves me in awe and always inspires and challenges me to be a better seer and human. Your guidance has been invaluable. I super love you.