One out of three American women has had an abortion. But that’s a statistic, not a face. I’ve never spoken about my abortion publicly. It’s terrifying. One expects death threats, to be called a baby killer. One’s societal training is to be classy, be private, pretend your activism is on the behalf of others. Never let them see you bleed.
Never, ever tell your own story.
But silence, as much as anything, is why abortion’s such an easy target in America. Stories save lives.I had an abortion. I’m not sorry. I’m not afraid.
Every body is beautiful.
One more week left to see this, as well as some other work, in person!
This is the final weekend to view “Natural Harmony” our four person exhibition at Spoke Art! Here’s a look at “Tides” an original painting by Mandy Tsung, on view until Saturday night!
As an added bonus, this weekend also happens to be the debut of an awesome fundraiser art show in support of our friends at PangeaSeed, so come view both shows if you get a chance!
Can’t make it to the gallery? Check out all of Natural Harmony online! - http://spoke-art.myshopify.com/collections/natural-harmony
Also, be sure to follow Mandy here on Tumblr - http://mandytsung.tumblr.com/
Painting sketch of @galours to practice using a limited (and organized) palette of unusual colors for me. Reading “Color and Light” is making me feel like an uneducated novice! So much to learn. Realizing that I really haven’t had a lot of formal training in painting. (Sorry about the nipples guys.)
This is the pre sale address/link if you are interested in my painting for “Those Who Dream by Day”at Strychnin Gallery, Berlin: http://www.strychnin.com/Presale.html 😄
“Why do you paint women?” This is the question I am most often asked. I used to think it was a boring question, but not anymore.
My old answer to why I paint women was, “Because I am a woman.” My new answer is, “I paint women because the entirety of my life experience has been as a woman, and I am expressing what that feels like since I think it’s a very important thing for people to know”.
Those two answers are so different. The first answer doesn’t demonstrate any understanding and is really only a fact (based on current notions of gender). The second answer is that of someone who has considered where she stands in a larger social context and has consciously experienced the highest and lowest limits of what her gender embodies. She also realizes the value of her life experience. I have to wonder why I couldn’t, or didn’t want to, answer the second way from the beginning. Perhaps it’s simply that I’ve grown as a person and I’ve gained confidence in voicing my opinion, as well as, an educated vocabulary with which to support it.
I no longer dread being questioned about why I paint women, because I now realize that it is an important question, which I have the ability to answer. If you’ve read my blog, you know what I have to say already. To those who have yet to know my answer, I hope that I can have an open, meaningful dialogue with you one day.