#30-A: Edith – 30 paintings in 30 days

A portrait of a woman silenced by circumstances beyond her control. “Edith” refers to the target of Archie Bunker’s phrase: “Stifle yourself,” as if it were a woman’s job to abuse herself.

I’ve learned over the last few years what women have to deal with on a daily basis. In my imagination, this represents the awful past: a woman with great heart who has wound up with a cruel husband, trapped on a land claim way out west. It just breaks my heart to think of her, because surely there were many women in just that position, and many women who still have no access to equal anything. This is a statement of solidarity.

Ink and wash.


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