The first piece in this collection, Artemis is a perfect example of "Why not?" Why can't a symbol of a living creature actually be living? By creating an ecosystem of earth, sun, water and plants, Jenifer represents the delicate balance of vulnerability and strong exterior inherent in strong, feminine role models. The mix of textures provided by the plants invites you to look closer and interact. Like any social creature, she derives support from the community around her, thriving on the local resources of where she’s planted. As the light and water sources change, she makes subtle adjustments in how she grows - sometimes her hair grows inches in just a few days, sometimes a crop of mushrooms will sprout on a shaded shoulder blade. This fluid adaption is one of many characteristics of feminine strength that Jenifer wanted to explore. As Artemis grows, she radiates beauty, resiliency and life.
Anita and Debbie firmly believe that each woman has the opportunity to define who she is and where she belongs in this lifetime. Created from welded steel to convey the strength and determination of her character, Apeiron - which means unlimited - is breaking the chains that bind her to predetermined ideals and conventions. As she emerges, Apeiron remains a contrast of opposing traits - she is strong yet ephemeral, warm yet faceless, allowing every woman reflected in her gaze to embrace the potential of their beautifully balanced characteristics.
Choosing names of goddesses started as a nice way to tie all the women together and leverage a middle schooler’s knowledge of mythology. Gaia is the personification of the earth and the ancestral mother of all life. Rooted to the earth below her and nurtured from environment that surrounds her, she gives back through her wisdom, beauty and strength. These are all principles of what the artist wanted to strive for in her second sculpture, but as Anita leveraged what she learned from Apeiron, Gaia had a vision of her own. She's been pushing in her own directions, fighting for her true face and forcing her creator to actually get to know her, not just weld her. She's evolving still. Teaching patience, respect and flexibility as she goes.
One of the best parts of exploring is never knowing where you'll end up. Debbie started this project knowing she wanted to focus on the power of women working together. In strong families and communities women build on each other's experience and leverage each other's strengths to achieve more than they could on their own. Debbie conspires regularly with many of the artists in this project and believes collaborative work makes artists better, voices stronger.
For this piece, however, we forced Debbie to create it on her own. As the pieces of this sculpture come together like a puzzle, copper integrates with steel, representing lessons learned, achievements realized. She’s left unfinished, as each of us continues learning throughout our lives.
Debbie chose the name Mira as tribute to the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic. After years of torment and unfair treatment, these ladies transformed themselves from comfortable, middle-class women into activists that changed their country's future. Their code name was butterfly, symbolizing the metamorphosis of these sisters. Debbie herself is in a transformative phase, finding her own creative voice as an artist and independent sculptor.
Mira has the most active posture of the ladies in the series to date. She is literally climbing out of the neutral position of her armature and stretching into her next Possibility.
Never Ending perfectionista
Melanie is a ridiculously talented illustrator and painter and we're excited to see what she can do with a blank 3D slate. She's exploring the idea of women taking on many responsibilities, in business, in beauty, in life - not because they are victims, but because they want to - it's in their nature and they are strong.
Ann has always known that women are strong, independent creatures. We are the healers, the caregivers and the preservers of the earth. We are the explorers, the problem solvers and the engineers of architected beauty. We are fierce warriors in defense of everything we love.
The sea is our last frontier and the main life force of the earth. Swimmers understand the magic of slipping into another world just below the surface of the sea, simultaneously mesmerized by its beauty, and intimately aware of how desperately it needs our protection.
This sculpture is caught in a moment of grace, swimming fearlessly with confidence and wonder. As she investigates the world below, she begins exploring the possibilities of her own strength and potential as a willing protector of this exotic landscape.
Druantia is the Celtic Queen of the Druids; protector of trees, knowledge, creativity and fertility. Jacqueline’s sculpture depicts the goddess with tree like features in steel and uses mixed media to emphasize the elements she protects; the mind, heart and womb. She is reaching to the sky, singing a song of joy and hope for the future.
Druantia comes from the word Drus, or oak. Her hair is made of Garry Oak leaves, a tree native to Washington state which are dwindling in number due to loss of habitat. This is Jacqueline’s first steel sculpture, a project that nurtured her creative curiosity and expressed her fearlessness as an artist.
Ladies In Waiting
We believe all women are luminous and full of potential. Each sculpture in this series starts with a common welded armature and a discussion about the positive strengths of the feminine character that the artist hopes to convey. We are actively seeking artists to contribute to this project, and hope to incite creativity and breed support for women as they move forward in this world.
If you're interested, join us. Send us a note so we know how to reach you and let's get started.