This exhibit is a nod to two icons of female strength… Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. Both used art as empowerment and worked to establish a new and significant space for female artists in a realm that was continually dominated by men. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, representing pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colors. She is celebrated by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form. Through her art you can feel her emotional response to female marginality and subjectivity, cultural identity, politics and power.
O'Keeffe, is best known for her large-format paintings of natural forms, especially flowers and bones. Within her work and life, O'Keeffe was unapologetically true to her own vision. She worked incredibly hard to maintain control of a reputation of her own creation as even those close to her, whether consciously or not, chose to sexualize her art in order to help promote her and her work. Both of these women worked hard to shed gendered interpretations of their work – to disprove the notion that gender is in any way a determinant of artistic competence or creativity.
In highlighting flowers, the female form and emotion felt through the female experience we hope to show the beauty, vulnerability, depth of emotion, strength and resilience of women. This collection showcases women and artwork that varies from delicate and beautiful, to deeply emotional and raw. Being women and mothers, artists and entrepreneurs, we chose this collection first to empower women to create and have faith in their own future and journey as many women are feeling lost after having left the workforce because of the pandemic or upon entering Motherhood or have in the past been domineered by men. To remind women that you are the master of your own future.