Robin Holder is a 2019 Fellow in The Clark Hulings Fund’s Art Business Accelerator Program
DISILLUSIONMENT PROJECT 2019
February 2019: we are editing the Disillusionment artists video along with Janet Goldner. The video taped interviews with 20 of the artists employs a collection of unexpected and penetrating questions. The video reflects the passion, challenges, vision and creative practice of a formidable group of visionary women artists.
The Disillusionment Story
During a studio visit interdisciplinary artist Marina Gutierrez and I compared artworks we had created -- two wedding gowns revealing narratives of disenchantment. We discussed how this theme is particularly meaningful in the Trump era cultural, political and social climate as our society is enveloped in conflict, frustration, and tension.
We invited 24 accomplished artists, all women, to create a work about DISILLUSIONMENT addressing issues of deception, falseness, betrayal with reference to wearing, inhabiting, being veiled or draped in disillusion. The artwork generated by this impressively diverse group of artists ranges from ‘me too’ narratives, to racial inequity, national brutality, hurricane Maria experiences to feminine empowerment. The media and methods used range from welded steel, painted and printed fabrics, assemblage, paper collage, sewn materials to body casting. Ronnie Bellini coordinated an exhibition of these works at Taller Boricua to celebrate Women’s History Month 2018