These artist statements are for the artwork in the “gun violence” category. 

Note that these are in alphabetical order by artist name.

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Sue Bleiweiss: My Body My Rules

My body

My choice

My pussy

My rules

My body

My right

No more need be said. It’s not up for debate

Susan Brubaker Knapp: Poisonous Words

I was greatly disturbed by things Donald Trump said during the presidential campaign, and by the words he used. It was amazing how many women I know who were horrified to hear people using the word pussy or talking about pussyhats, but who brushed off Trump’s grab ‘em by the pussy comment as boys will be boys, or locker room talk. So much of what came out of his mouth were racist, misogynistic and xenophobic insults. For our democracy to succeed, and for us to solve vital problems our country faces, we must be able to discuss important issues with civility and respect, to listen to others’ views without insulting, even if we completely disagree. Finding common ground – even a small patch of it – is impossible without this. If these kinds of comments are considered acceptable for our president to say and tweet, then they become acceptable for others. They are a poison that infects us all. I believe that the rise in hate crimes, as documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations, is a direct result. Words often lead to actions. The poison is spreading...

Judy Coates Perez: Liberty Assaulted

I feel very strongly that racism, calculated deception and dishonesty won the presidency for Trump. His administration is an assault on people of color, women, the poor, education, science, facts, the environment and the personal freedoms and rights that made America the land of the free.

Jamie Fingal: 100 Days

100 days of pure outrage everyday.Something different and outrageous with fake news, alternative facts and issues that shook the core of my being.I got up and got involved in the fight.These words have stuck with me, the things that mean the most.I shake my head everyday at the bait and switch and the tearing apart of our country. call your representatives and let your voice be heard.

Leslie Tucker Jension: Resist Tyranny

The mantra, “Resist”, has been a constant in my thoughts during and since the 2016 election cycle.  How can we be the best citizens in this advanced democracy?  How can we respectfully disagree?  The idea of peaceful resistance, vigilance, and advocacy are at the forefront of my thoughts and actions.  As a proud citizen of this country I view it as my responsibility to monitor my elected officials and resist the potential for tyrannical governance.

Materials and Techniques: Personal writing applied with Color Magnet  prior to hand-dyeing cotton broadcloth, fused applique, machine embroidery and quilting, longarm quilting by Jen Eskridge.

Lyric Montgomery Kinard: Still Yearning

From it’s very inception, the privilege of citizenship in the Unites States of America has been denied to group after group, based on race and religion. African Americans were not granted citizenship until 1868, four years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Native Americans were not granted citizenship until 1924. Chinese immigrants were not allowed citizenship until 1943. We have turned away people after people who have sought refuge and opportunity. Now our leaders have chosen to vilify Muslims fleeing massacre and Mexicans seeking a better life for their children.

We as citizens can choose to better live the highest of our American values; "that all men are created equal.” Through our individual actions and compassion we can stitch our country into a tapestry of great strength and beauty. Through our votes and  civil dialogue and understanding of the data gathered by scientists, we can mend the tears in the fabric of our society.

Flag photograph by Stuart Seager used by permission, Immigrant photos by Augustus Sherman Manuscripts and Archives Devision, The New York Public Library: public domain.

Melanie Testa: Toxic Masculinity Must End

Toxic masculinity describes a socially constructed role that values domination and control of others above emotional connection, compassion, intellectual and fair exchange. Toxic masculinity is an expression of patriarchy and limits all who come in contact with it, especially men. Toxic masculinity is the fetid, all consuming, cancer of our time.

Unfortunately, women often pay the price for these unquestioned behaviors. We have internalized the fear of being raped to such a degree that we blame ourselves when it happens. We are reviled as whores as quickly as we are praised for our beauty, even when it is our intellect we value most. We bring home less money for similar jobs held by our male counterparts. Our bodies face highly regulated access to healthcare, we are charged more for haircuts, clothing and personal hygiene products and more.

When I heard the tape of the ‘man’ who is now President of the United States of America say, ‘Grab ‘em by the pussy. You can do anything’. I felt rage. As there is no female equivalency to emasculation, I use breast cancer as a metaphor in its place. Breast cancer removes our breasts, cuts our ovaries out of us, distills us to the very essence of our beings, but nevertheless, we persist.  It is time to dismantle these unworkable storylines and create space for a broader more diverse equality.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe: UnBEARably Bad Business

This has all seemed so childish. Bullies, bad decisions, incoherent statements, grizzlies, grabbing and more... Ultimately, messing with our future by cutting our children's education seems to me the most shortsightedness ever by our current government.. Has history not taught us anything?  Invest in our future! Keep our children educated and alive. Feed Education and keep guns out of children's hands.

Kathy York:  Women’s March 2017: By the Numbers

This quilt was made to honor the 3 million women who marched globally the day after President Trump was inaugurated. I wanted to give the viewer a feeling for just how big 3 million is. Each little square is ? inch and represents 325 people. That is equivalent to a large jet airplane filled with people. So imagine a full airplane for each one of these tiny squares! It is A LOT of people, all marching to protect the rights of women!

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