GALLERY //

ANONYMOUS WOMAN

I was looking through images on the US National Archives for inspiration when I came across a group of photographs documenting women in the 1940s who started to work while men were off at war. I was caught off guard when I noted these women were worthy of being photographed and labeled by their profession (most of which were cabbies), but not a single one included their names.

It felt right to spend time painting these women and then using traditionally “female” or decorative materials like embroidery and gold leaf in a way to spend time with them and honor their memory. As I began painting, I realized I would also name each woman as another means of honoring their memory and influence in the lives we live today. It is a series I’ve begun entitled Anonymous Woman.

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mixed media portrait, fiber art, stories of women, art by carrie brummer

RUTH

This mixed media artwork is a portrait of a woman cabbie from the 1940s. I worked with acrylic paint to portray the woman. For the background, I researched vintage wallpaper designs from the time and hand-embroidered the design. To embellish the medallion of this cabbie-in-training and her the zippers I used 23k gold leaf. I also chose actual gold leaf as a way to literally speak of her value and worth. It’s a means to honor her and speak to the irony of being documented by a photographer but not worthy enough of documenting her name. My embroidery is another way to give her time and honor her memory. I consciously choose traditionally decorative or “female” materials as another means to celebrate this unknown, unsung woman who I have named Barbara.

BARBARA

art by carrie brummer, drawing portraits, woman portrait

NAME TBA STUDY

art by carrie brummer, drawing portraits, woman portrait

NAME TBA STUDY

art by carrie brummer, drawing portraits, woman portrait

RUTH STUDY

art by carrie brummer, drawing portraits, woman portrait

BARBARA STUDY

art by carrie brummer, drawing portraits, woman portrait

NAME TBA STUDY

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