Before the pavement dries
Women reflect their views of the world through art
Dee Timm said the art world remains a male-dominated field.
“It definitely is, and they are the ones getting the education chairs,” she said. “It’s not like it was in the 70s, but it is not 50-50 by any means.”
Timm is curating the “High Heels in Wet Pavement: Impressions of Second-generation Feminists” show that opens tonight at the Depot Art Center. The work of more than 20 women from the Women’s Caucus for Art will be represented in the exhibit.
“The main show will include individual artwork on the theme of feminist art that will cover the gamut from the time in the ‘0s when the movement started to take place for women artists who realized we weren’t given a voice or venue for showing art,” Timm said.
A large house made out of Milar – a plastic material that can be printed, painted or drawn on – will be suspended from the ceiling in the baggage room.
“‘Maternal Legends’ is the title of the house because women have always expressed themselves through their home, husband and children,” Timm said. “Even if they don’t have all of that, they have a home, which is their heart and haven.”
Social commentary bras will be hung in the small gallery. The bra was a symbol of liberation in the 70s, and Timm’s sports bra represents a tongue-in-cheek metaphor. Her bra is made out of a football that has a Dallas Cowboys logo on it. She cut it in half and decorated it with velvet and lace. Then she Velcroed an NFL electronic game to the middle of the bra.
“If someone got bored with the breasts, they could play a video game,” she said. “It’s a kind of symbol in a joking way of looking at how men have objectified women’s breasts and are stereotyped on their interests in tits and sports.”
There will be a panel discussion at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Depot to talk about how the movement has aged.
“It will address where we are now,” Timm said, “and what young women are looking at now, who don’t understand that years ago we were told, ‘You can’t do that, it’s a man’s job.'”
Most of the art in the show is from women who are in their 50s and 60s and are considered the first generation of feminists, though Timm thinks every woman is a feminist.
“How can you not be?” she asked. “It is a celebration and the recognition of women’s role in the culture, and what is culture based on? Your art, your inventions, your religion – all are themes central to being a woman.”
The feminist movement forced men to recognize the value of what women have contributed to the progression of our society, values, goals and raising our children, Timm said.
“If you look back at every ethnic group, their women are usually the ones that maintain a family and are making the crafts or the objects that are culturally transmitted to the next generation.”
The Women’s Caucus for Art and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council thought this would be an appropriate time to present a show with this theme, and the artwork is a good representation of how women see the world around them.
“We’re going to wear our high heels and not let the pavement dry,” Timm said. “We are going to keep moving even if our feet are killing us.”
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