Since public art is the best way to capture the visual voice of a community, it should reflect the diversity of its people. For hundred of years, women have been involved in the art world—as creators, patrons, collectors, muses, historians and critics. However, the realm of public art—and the mural specifically—has been dominated by men for far too long.
Of nearly 70 institutions with art installations in the United States, only 27% of them were devoted to women artists.
Take for example my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, which has virtually no female presence on its public surfaces. As a feminist art activist, my mission is to fight against gender inequality in any avenue women may encounter it, so my next move is to paint a public mural.
The mural is planned for the east-facing facade of community art center Wunderkammer Gallery, an boundary-pushing organization which stands at the forefront of diverse programming and exhibitions in northeastern Indiana.
The mural design features sacred images of the full moon and mycology, and is deeply rooted in eco-feminism. The inclusion of the Resist Fist insists that women deserve a loud, clear voice in theart world and beyond. The awning will be painted to serve as a life size mushroom, for viewers to stand under and interact with. The completed mural will pave the way for more women in my region—and eventually around the globe—to create public art.
Your contribution will catalyze our artistic revolution. I have many reward levels for your kind donation to the birth of this mural. From smartphone wallpaper and Instagram shout outs, to small batch handpulled printed tshirts, and hand painted collector's boxes, my gratitude for your contributions is boundless.
The $2500 goal will cover the cost of paint, supplies, the videography team, and Kickstarter.com fees. Anything left over will provide me a little cash in-hand to reinvest in my local art community and propel our collective mission.
Risks and challenges
If artists did nothing but dwell on challenge and risk, what an ugly world we’d live in.
I have set a deadline of October 28th to complete this mural, and unpredictable Indiana weather may present a challenge in the process. However, I am confident in the perseverance and work ethic I’ve cultivated as a professional freelance artist to meet the deadline I have chosen.
A risk of any art activism is whether the project will satisfy the level of impact the artist hopes for, whether a mural’s ability to shake up the system will allow for change and growth. While change and growth is subjective, if this project fails, the risk of women’s silence continuing to deafen public art is very real.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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