Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ana Mendieta

Bird Transformation (1972) maps a transition from human to animal as Mendieta dresses the naked woman in feathers and thus transforms her into a bird-woman. Bird Transformation precedes and heralds Mendieta’s canonized Silueta series, which she began in Mexico in 1973, all of which show the artist’s silhouette in different landscapes, formed of various natural materials such as stones, twigs, driftwood and flowers.
Mendieta’s works revolve around themes like beauty, belonging, gender roles, female sexuality and men’s sexual oppression of women. Her work is associated with feminist performance pioneers in the USA, but her use of popular traditions and occult rituals, from among other places sources the Cuba from which she fled as a child, make her a loner.  Louisiana Museum of Art

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Charlie Chaplin: The Freak

Before Chaplin's death in 1977, he wrote the ultimate screenplay entitled The FreakAn unfinished dramatic comedy that revolved around a young South American girl who unexpectedly sprouts a pair of wings. She is kidnapped and taken to London, where her captors cash in by passing her off as an angel. Later she escapes, only to be arrested because of her appearance. She is further dehumanized by standing trial to determine if she is human at all.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Humans and Animals

A bird of prey in rescue and rehabilitation at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Fla. 2012.Credit Jayanti Seiler
The relationship between the taxidermist and the deer is quite unlike like that of the woman and the elderly dog she was bathing. While each image can stand alone, Ms. Seiler said, the complexity of the animal-human relationship is evident when the photos are seen as a collection. NYTIMES

After the Laughter comes Tears

More Wendy Rene.

The Legacy of Bas Jan Ader

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


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    a transparent precious stone, typically blue, that is a variety of corundum (aluminum oxide).
  2. 2.
    a small hummingbird with shining blue or violet colors in its plumage and a short tail.

Lynn Johnson- hate kills

James Byrd, a black man, was dragged to death on Huff Creek Road by three white men. He was alive for the first two-and-a-half miles. (Texas)—Photograph by Lynn Johnson.
Lovers Lollie Winans and Julianne Williams were found at an Appalachian Trail campsite, their throats sliced through. (Virginia)—Photograph by Lynn Johnson
"Your photographs of hate crime scenes look so calm, so quiet. Then you discover that the sun-flecked path on the Appalachian Trail is where two gay women had their throats cut; the tree-lined road in Jasper, Texas, is where a black man, James Byrd, was dragged to his death, and the round imprints are evidence circles marking where bits of his flesh, his keys, his dentures were found. These places of horror seem so ordinary, so everyday."
Excerpt from an interview via: national geographic

Monday, May 14, 2018

National Woman's Party banner used during the suffrage movement, circa 1913-1920.

Maya Angelou, “Caged Bird”

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind   
and floats downstream   
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and   
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings   
with a fearful trill   
of things unknown   
but longed for still   
and his tune is heard   
on the distant hill   
for the caged bird   
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams   
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream   
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied   
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings   
with a fearful trill   
of things unknown   
but longed for still   
and his tune is heard   
on the distant hill   
for the caged bird   
sings of freedom.
-from Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? Copyright © 1983

Le Tigre- 1999

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

― Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“...her wings are cut and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.”

Monday, May 7, 2018

Childish Gambino- This is America

Suffragette Protest Images

The Lottery

- Shirley Jackson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.