“Liberté, Egalité, Humanité” was borne out of a proposal by the New York Society of Women Artists to create a work addressing female gender and equality.
Chalk and chalkboard remind us of education, and were chosen to represent the fragile nature and erasability of all that we value in life: courage, freedom, equality, humanity, hope, respect, friendship and love.
Now, more than ever, we must take great care to see that ALL people have every possible opportunity to rise to their full potential, so that we, humanity as a whole, may move forward in the beauty of peace and harmony.
Principal Project is an ongoing body of work within CPS Lives, a citywide nonprofit arts organization where Chicago artists are paired with Chicago Public schools to share each school’s unique story. The photographic portraits of Chicago Public School Principals in their offices show what the leaders of public school look like today. The formal portraits of the Principals in their personal space show the dynamic range of character and personality of each individual.The way each Principal presents themselves in their portraits shows how they would like to project their leadership. Mementos and signage in their offices tell stories about the individual, what things are important to them and their ideas of leadership in their school community. By looking at the Principals using traditional documentary methods, I hope to change conceptual and cultural perceptions of what a leader of a public school looks like.
The seemingly effortless dance movements require extraordinary skill and strength developed over a lifetime of practice. These images are not photo-montages but a testament to what is possible over time with dedication.
As an Iranian born woman living in United States my two worlds have collided. The rights of women are always under attack. It is disheartening to think we still have to fight for them in the 21st century. In my painting Never Ends – East –It is depicting a muslim woman with boxing gloves. The gloves can also beinterpreted as bandages, as sadly you cannot be free without a fight for your rights. This painting pays homage to all the Muslim women who are sacrificing their life to gain freedom and equal rights. In my second painting Never Ends – West – I am depicting a western woman – more middle aged, who has to continue her fight to protect her rights and those of her daughters and future generation. Our freedom and equal rights are still very fragile, although we seem to be comfortable in our seat.
As an artist, business owner, and founder of a nonprofit organized to help grow businesses designed to solve local and global problems rather than existing simply for profit I have long believed in woman leadership.Rather than suggesting that women need to learn to lead like men I believe that we are waking up to the need for leadership that embraces the power of women – which is less about the control and more about contribution, less about competition and more about community, less about ego and more about empathy.Women tend to be more natural communicators, they are more naturally emotionally intelligent, they are organized, multi-taskers, and all this is in more demand than ever in today’s world.I think we are in the midst of seismic changes, not unlike birth and my hope is that when the pain is behind us we won’t just go back to business as usual but find ourselves in a whole new world that recognizes the awesome power of women and that women will step up in new ways to lead us into a new and better world!
The Emerging Goddess body of work presents an edgy, modern presentation of figurative art promoting the female as a powerful figure. Forrest shows a collection of female icons unleashing the spirit from within commenting, “The empowering female icon, whether religious, spiritual or superhero – she is what we envision within ourselves. Who we strive to be. Who we want to become. Who we are when all the other layers are taken off to reveal our inner selves.” The art encompasses several mixed media aspects to add depth, a story, and texture to the figurative pieces. This allows the viewer to look deeper into the work, finding subtle reminders of soul searching identities, strength and individuality.
Schoolgirls, Granada suggests the future for these girls who despite their uniforms are learning their individual preferences and skills.
Aspirations, Lower East Side is an image of a young woman who looks like the famous model on the posters. Perhaps she will emulate her and become famous, too. I happened to see her staring at the posters from across the street.
Putting her own creative stamp on everything she does, my daughter transforms the mundane into the beautiful. I love how she sees her world, appreciates the things that surround her and gives them a new and colorful life.She works independently and neither asks for permission nor praise.She is empowered without even knowing it and I am grateful for it.
Kindness is also her strength.She never judges, she creates a calm wherever she goes and it draws people to her.I see that is her unique way to negotiate this complex world with quiet but assured confidence.
To me all these young women exude a wonderful enthusiasm whether it be for their style, their sisterhood or the causes they believe in. Their confidence and joyful spirt leave me with hope that they can be found anywhere we look. I will keep looking.
Female power takes many forms as exhibited with this collection of photos
In my career in human resources I have been vocal about the need for mentoring and promoting equity and fairness specifically for females in the workplace. As an artist, many of my paintings depict females from behind in beautiful dresses and powerful settings. I’ve sold over 1,000 paintings in the last 20 years with many being female subjects.
I took this photograph of my 17 year old daughter Lily in connection with the Getty Museum Challenge.This portrait is inspired by Renoir’s 1877 painting entitled La Reverie.My daughter like many high school juniors is in the midst of the college application process and what is under normal circumstances a very stressful time.Now she is dealing with distance learning, on line standardized testing, and virtual college tours.No one can predict what this next period will look like as these high schoolers try to plan their next steps.When I look at this image, I see strength and courage in my daughter’s expression. She continues ahead with her dreams and ambitions in what is a very uncertain time.This is a good and timely expression of female power to me.
Strong, in your face eye contact.In other words, see me as an equal and treat me as such.
Throughout my life, I have been surrounded by the many faces of female power. I had two sisters growing up, and I have two daughters now, not to mention the powerful women I have met along the way. What I have learned is that every woman is unique, and every woman harnesses that uniqueness to their own power. The pieces I have exhibited are from various collections of mine that embody girlhood and its struggles and triumphs. The transitory period of adolescence, especially for young girls, is full of challenges and strife that must be overcome. In this triumph is found the female power that I have captured in these images. They represent a balance between the expectations of beauty for women, and the true emotions and turmoils of every young woman.