About this piece:
Woke Woman Walks is a companion piece to a life-size painted robe referencing the book The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The book and robe are based on the idea of wrapping oneself in roses with the thorns on the outside and roses on the inside as a mean of protection in an age of misogyny. The poem is written by poet Ginny Hoyle.
I am collaborating with poet Ginny Hoyle on a body of work that considers the voice of the artist during this challenging time for the country. The approach began to surface in January of 2017, born of a deep sense of foreboding about the values and policies of the Trump administration. As foreboding changed to shock, we needed some way to push back artistically against the expressions of racism, xenophobia, misogyny and environmental piracy that are becoming as common as they are dangerous.
We became interested in the way the peoples of the world have always used clothing as protection, as expression of individuality and as a celebration of cultural heritage. These garments and books salute the rich traditions, ornamental work and cultural iconography of cultures around the world, created to remind us all of the richness and value of our shared humanity.
ink, paper, metal, board, thread
About the artist:
Lives and works in Denver, Colorado, United States
Judy Anderson works with a variety of materials and processes to create organic abstract images that are combined to form one-of-a-kind sculptural books. Treating books as an art form is a
natural expression for Judy because of her love of paper, paper forms, words, ink, images and narrative. She embraces collaboration and has worked closely with poets, sculptors, printmakers and bookbinders.
Ginny Hoyle is an award winning free-lance writer with roots in journalism and marketing. Her poetry has appeared in Baltimore Review, Pulse, MARGIE, Copper Nickel, Pilgrimage and other journals, including publication through a number of national contests.