I gave myself the assignment of finding positive images/stories for women artists in 2013.
This was of some interest to me:
But it wasn’t really what I had in mind. And then I found this:
But I wanted something more – data driven. And I didn’t find what I was looking for.
I wanted a spreadsheet/world map/renaissance painting of how far women have come this past year – how much more visible and accountable women’s voices are in the arts. Yeah. I didn’t find that.
But on a more personal level, I can say that I have felt more influence from women in theatre and writing. Maybe it’s because I’m hungry for that and I am looking with more of an appetite for those stories.
One of the women I most admire and follow is Judi Dench. I’ve seen what an influence she is to the actors and theatre community in England – and I giggled when I heard that there is a bumper sticker seen in London that reads: “What Would Judi Do?”
And then I found this image: Judie Dench and Maggie Smith, friends for years, fellow artists and brilliant actors. I like the power of women being connected to women.