Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Nevertheless, She Persisted"

A rallying cry if ever we heard one, eh? ;)

It's been a rough couple of months since my last post, both personally and well, globally...

Like many, I've been alternating between shock and heartbreak for the insanity that seems to have taken over our country on so many levels, and I've been spending time doing as the late Carrie Fisher said, by taking my broken heart and making it into art...

I began in December by knitting several pussyhats to donate to women participating in the March on Washington, and have been gathering with others determined to resist, making posters, making calls, sending emails, postcards and so on...Then as soon as we all heard about Elizabeth Warren being silenced on the Senate floor - and the words spoken by the man who silenced her - it was inspiration for a piece of art.

I called on women friends (via Facebook) to share their own stories about every "warning", and every "explanation" they'd ever heard, from childhood on up. The idea was to make this "our" piece - something to which every woman could contribute and relate. Something universal and empowering. Something for the Resistance. 

So here it is, a 10" x 20" canvas, done in acrylic and micron pen.

It was cathartic, and maybe even a little empowering to paint, and if it inspires one women, or one young girl to persist - and resist - the patriarchy, it will have done its job.

As of typing this, the piece is available in my Etsy shop.

Finally, "Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” ~ HRC

Until next time, stay strong, and #resist

♥ Carolee


Melissa Clyde said...


This is fabulous and you have tapped into the heart and strength of the situation! What a beautiful way to express what everyone is hoping for, and working for to keep civility alive and well in our society. Bravo!

Carolee said...

Thank you. ♥

Ms. said...

I've also been in shock and has everyone I am close with. It's astounding and terrible but you have made a wonderful piece here and I'm just sending love to you and all who visit here. I take refuge in basic goodness and also turn off the news once I've gleaned what's important to know.

"In the morning, bowing to all;
In the evening, bowing to all.
Respecting others is my only duty--
Hail to the Never-despising Bodhisattva."

-Taigu Ryokan-