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This series is inspired by my sister; the truths she was ashamed to tell and the impact those secrets had on her life. 

 

The suppleness of sweet smoky beeswax, the intricacy of vintage lace, the weight of fired clay, the patina of reclaimed wood, the intrigue of industrial cast offs; all these sensory moments combine to tell the complex and empowering stories of women survivors. Survivors of abuse, addiction, poverty, discrimination, illness and loneliness. 

 

I tell their stories through my sculpture using so many complex and diverse elements because these women’s stories are complex and diverse; smooth, sweet, smoky, rough and intricate.  I write about each woman’s story along with a detailed description of what each component and texture in the work symbolizes.  This story is then attached to the piece under lock and key. 

 

I hide the story details to draw out impartial, untinged and raw reactions and emotions.   This is why I call this series of work “Secret She”.  I want the work to encourage dialog among women and about women to quietly strengthen understanding and compassion. 

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Rebekah

Rebekah Gregory is a wife and mother whose life was forever changed due to the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. 

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Eleanor

Del (Dorothy) Martin and Phyllis Lyon got married twice.  First in 2004, although same sex marriage was still illegal and then in 2008.  The couple was together 55 years.

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Phyllis

Del (Dorothy) Martin and Phyllis Lyon got married twice.  First in 2004, although same sex marriage was still illegal and then in 2008.  The couple was together 55 years.

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Mona

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate who spearheaded efforts to reveal, publicize, and fix Flint, Michigan’s water crisis.

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Rachael

Rachael Farrokh, 37, says she has been fighting a battle with anorexia for 10 long years -- but now, an extreme decline in her health has her determined to seek treatment and share her story with the world.

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Alex

Married at 17, it took Alex 47 years to leave her abusive husband.  An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of assault by an intimate partner each year.

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Dorothy

Del (Dorothy) Martin and Phyllis Lyon got married twice.  First in 2004, although same sex marriage was still illegal and then in 2008.  The couple was together 55 years.

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Joanne

Joanne Morrison was first molested by her priest when she was eight years old. Charles Sylvestre, 83, pleaded guilty to 47 charges of indecent assault.