Thank You for Your Hospitality

Personal project. Mixed media on canvas.

Magazine clippings, stencil, drawing, screenprint, marker, and acrylic on canvas.
 
I’ve split up an advertisement from Bell Telephone that depicts a woman sitting at a table on the phone. The copy in the ad talks about the telephone as a new luxury and that by getting a telephone, the typical housewife can save allsorts of time by calling the cleaner, the film processor, and the pharmacy. I find it interesting that the housewife looks so relaxed as she takes care of her errands and daily business on the phone.
 
The two little girls are from a 1950s coloring book and they represent the hope and potential of children. The girls are not yet colored in, which to me means they have not yet been defined.
The large R is a symbol that is reflective of me, the artist.
The nameplate torn from a Woman’s Day magazine cover is split in two, representing the struggle, and ultimate triumph, women experienced between the 1950s and today.
 
I write “for your hospitality” on the paper plate used with my Print Gocco silkscreen machine. It’s part of a thank you card I made with my nephew Ethan a few years ago. In a sense, it is as if the two coloring book girls are thanking someone for a gift.
 
The meaning behind the imagery is very representative of the women’s liberation movement. I don’t know what it is about that theme that has me so intrigued, but I continue to come back to it. I don’t know if it has more to do with my mom’s own defiance against stereotypes, or my own disbelief that men and women were ever considered unequal.

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