Medusa’s Ways of Seeing: Quick post Jenny Holzer’s NFT & body autonomy

I got home from Miami, then heard the tragic national news, and saw the new Elvis movie…Before my Miami review of Perez Art Museum (to post this Thursday!), and ELVIS review (coming next week!) I present a quick thoughts about body autonomy/art with Jenny Holzer…

Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time.

My favorite quote by feminist philosopher Helen Cixous

(that I have tattooed!),

echoes in my mind. As I told the podcast interviewer a few weeks ago, body autonomy is foundational in all of my work. I won’t make a big long political rant, there’s plenty out there….just a few notes:

This week, Jenny Holzer created an NFT after Gillian Branstetter’s tweet to sell for Planned Parenthood.

Let the irony ooze in:

Jenny Holzer has always been one of my favorite artists, using texts in big and small places to make points. I’ve made several tributes to her work. Here’s two that are sadly resonant;

drawing out the lines and reflecting on artists before and around me helps me process

(see more from my Feminist Tribute drawings here).

figurative drawing

Art might not be the loudest protest but it can provoke thought and lead to change…

How many of the world’s problems would be solved, or at least greatly reduced, if women had true parity with men? …Change begins with illumination — attention, pointing, identifying and generally shining lights in dark places. News organizations play a role in this. So, increasingly, does social technology communication. And so does art.”

– Roberta Smith, NYT 2016

dancing[Random note: I have been absolutely HOOKED on Dizzy by Tommy Roe after hearing it on the radio driving home from the airport. Check out this mesmerizing video of a girl dancing to it (pictured). Can we all just dance and be happy?]

Thanks for reading! Come back Thursday for my review of Perez Art Museum Miami and next week for my Elvis movie review!

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This week…to the shores of Maryland!

~Sally

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