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Brandi Newton Artist Statment

I feel truly honored that my poster design was chosen for this years Women's History Month celebration. The research I did while creating the design was eye opening! The knowledge I gained about women's history was both humbling and empowering. Even though it was easy to find I feel like I've made some kind of major discovery! I'm grateful for the contest because I had no idea there was so much out there left to learn about my own history, and I'm fairly certain had it not been for the design contest I would not have thought to look.

When I set out to design this poster I knew I wanted it to include images of many women in a collage-type format. The biggest challenge I faced was who to include. I decided I wanted this to be as inclusive as possible. Ideally I hoped that any woman who saw this poster would be able to relate to it in some way. This is what led me to choose women of various ages, levels of education, ethnicities and so on. It was also important to me to include women whose accomplishments themselves were varied.

This poster includes images of individual women who are depicted more or less after their own likenesses, with a few exceptions. I chose to include an iconic image of two women, suffragettes Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst among so many individual portraits to convey the importance and power that can also come from working together for a common cause. It also seemed appropriate to include a quote from one of Emily Dickinson’s poems, ("I dwell in possibility") since her particular legacy is one of words. Somewhat similarly, to represent artist Mary Cassatt I chose to depict one of her famous works of art, which is titled “Mother and Child V”.

This poster includes artists, civil rights activists, mothers, scientists and more. Some of these women are easily recognizable while others are not as well known. I thought it was important to include women who may not be as well remembered. This was done to give these women the recognition they deserve but also- and maybe more importantly -to express to the viewer that there are heroes everywhere. Some are remembered very well, some are not, but their actions continue to resonate within our society. We are all benefitting from their efforts- whether big or small!

The idea that I've been able to contribute to this celebration, and in my own way honor the women of the past is so thrilling for me! 

 

Included is a list of the women depicted in this poster:

  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Valentina Tereshkova
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Ida B. Wells
  • Kang Tongbi
  • Sacagawea
  • Marie Curie
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Indira Gandhi
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Suffragettes Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst.

 

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