Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Voice...SAQA Auction Donation

This is my 12" x 12" donation for the SAQA 2010 fundraiser.

The background is done in acrylic paint, on the inside of a recycled tyvek mailing envelope. The center section was designed on the computer using QuarkXPress, and printed on Avery printable cotton.

The message is both personal and universal. It is about me, finding the courage to speak up and voice my opinions (though many people who know me now might not believe it, I was a verrry shy child, and I have been fighting anxiety issues and panic disorder for years).

It is also a general idea about saying what you think, using your voice to vote and work for change rather than grumble and complain about life. Additionally, it is a comment on and for women, who often smile and keep their mouth shut to keep harmony in their personal and/or professional life.

I am planning to make a series of 12" x 12" art quilts with the VOICE theme.


Kathleen McKenna Murphy said...

Great message! I have been saying this to my kids since they were little and would tend to hit instead of speak. Now I say it to them when the need to confront a coach or a classmate.

Edzellinni said...

Oh, yes, I remember the old "use your words" phrase we said to two year olds in playgroup. Hadn't thought of that in years...these days its more about saying what you REALLY mean and saying it clearly, without crying/yelling/acusing, as well as finding and expressing my artistic voice without fear.