Girl Soldiers

Cumulative Girl Soldiers

My work speaks of the systems that deny women their right to free expression and  a complete realization of their lives and bodies.

As a solo women traveler, little girls became my chosen family.   They guided me, taught me, protected me and loved me.  It is their lives that became  became monumental to me.
I lived in Mendeland, Sierra Leone in the late 1970’s.  Years later, I read of the horrors that were affecting the villages that I once blossomed in, loved, and called my home.
These mixed media sculptures are encased in protective ceramic forms that partially hug the fragmented bodies.  “She” is frozen in that moment of time, as her life is being deconstructed by war.
The glazes are iridescent, reflective, dark, wet and heavy.   The clay is textured, scarred and torn.   A mixed media piece; a doll, a ball, a shoe, and a new shirt, accompany each ceramic piece.
These objects are the physical echoes of little girls, who once played with joy before they became soldiers in someone else’s war.
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