Art: "The Great Escape" & "Rose Shell" By Christine Stoddard
Christine Stoddard is an artist from Brooklyn, NY.
"My name is Christine Stoddard and I am a Salvadoran-Scottish American writer/artist originally from Virginia. As someone who is biracial and from an interdenominational household, I constantly strive to understand and reconcile my identities through my art and writing. My hope is that my work honors and elevates women and the feminine spirit across cultures."
On Her Work:
"Both of these are mixed media paintings that incorporate tissue paper, acrylic, and other materials. "The Great Escape" literally portrays an octopus chasing a mermaid, but it's really about the Patriarchy terrorizing women. There is such much in society that threatens womanhood and femininity and it doesn't have to be that way. The other piece, "Rose Shell," is simply an homage to girls and women. The turtle symbolizes feminine energy and the peace and harmony it attempts to conjure in a violent world."
On Female Creators:
"Females of all ages are too often silenced. Whether we're little girls or elderly women, we are told that our ideas are not important, that there is only one way to be a "good" woman and that women are subservient to men. Even in more equitable societies, men and women do not have completely equal standing. As a female creator, I am demanding attention to my voice. We have to demand that attention as women because, otherwise, that attention is not freely given."