I Am the End of the Patriarchy and So Can You
"I Am the End of the Patriarchy and So Can You" was developed for the Mary B. Howard Invitational: An Excellent Thought About A Quality Idea, curated by | ‘sindikit | and the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (formerly the Greater Reston Arts Center).
My first painted artwork, "I Am the End of the Patriarchy and So Can You" is a manifesto of sorts, comprising catalyzing concepts and conclusions that have driven me as an artist, citizen, and woman. Presented across three 4’x’6’ silk scrolls, the text echoes aspects of drop cloths, battle flags, and notebooks and is intended to evoke self-doubt, erasure, reiteration, and the editorial hand.
An Excellent Thought About A Quality Idea includes work from Rahne Alexander, Matthew Mann, Omolara Williams McCallister, Zia Palmer, and Mojdeh Rezaeipour. The artists were selected by Guest Curators Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud, co-founders of | ‘sindikit |, and Tephra ICA Associate Curator Erica Harrison to revisit an older artwork and to redevelop the work into a new project. The show opened in November 2020 and is on view at the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art until Feb 6. A virtual tour is available to view here.
"I Am the End of the Patriarchy and So Can You" was developed for the Mary B. Howard Invitational: An Excellent Thought About A Quality Idea as a reanimation of some of my oldest practices — stream-of-consciousness writing on “scrolls” (in actuality, commercial paper towels) and little mementos mori written for the artists and historical figures who had significantly moved me — with my newest: writing and painting on silk, a fabric of natural strength and transparency.
In most cases, a manifesto is written for the author first, and this is no exception. "I Am the End of the Patriarchy and So Can You" is an early 21st-century transfeminist statement of purpose, a letter of encouragement for my past self, and a travelogue of how I have arrived where I am today.