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.
EXHIBITION - NOV 2019 - JAN 2020
This body of work was selected by the city of Ottawa to be exhibited at the Trinity Gallery in the Shenkman Arts Centre, in Ottawa, Canada. The exhibition opened Nov 28, 2019 and closed Jan 7, 2020. The grand opening celebration was held at the gallery on Dec 1, 2019 from 1-3 pm.
I gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund in my ability to realize this important and valuable project.
Listen to Carrie as she describes her influences behind Anonymous Woman and the power of story telling though art.