Month: June 2019

Surfacing by Margaret Atwood (First published in 1972)

Before there was The Handmaid’s Tale there was Surfacing, the original novel of a woman re-wilding herself. I first read this book when I was 16 and it absolutely stunned me. I have been working with its imagery since then. It was so powerful and mysterious. Radical. It shook me to the core. A woman who tried to squeeze herself into acceptable roles of womanhood. A woman traumatized by what these attempts have made of her. A woman who has shut down, dissociated, acted as if, tried to fit in, played the appropriate parts but is left empty, feeling-less...

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A Spirit Still At Work: Update on Margaret Fuller

It’s a salve. A salve for the burn I feel each time someone says they’ve never heard of Margaret Fuller (1810-1850). It’s feels good to focus on this active community center while work continues to raise awareness of this woman who, according to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in their book, History of Woman Suffrage, is said to have, “possessed more influence on the thought of American women than any woman previous to her time.” Since 1902, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House has been operating at 71 Cherry Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the house that was her childhood...

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Degenerate Art: Update on Paula Modersohn-Becker

  In December of 2018, I was able to return to Germany and explore more about Paula Modersohn-Becker. In the kunsthalle (art museum) in Bremen, I found this fabulous painting by Becker. At the time, I was unable to read the title on the placard below it, for I do not speak German.      Recently I asked a German speaker to translate it for me and was surprised to find this as the translation:  A Farmer’s Child from Worpswede Sitting on a Chair, 1905. Confiscated as “degenerate” art by the Nazi Regime. Banished to a forbidden art depot 1937-1945....

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