SERIES | YOUR SILENCE WILL NOT PROTECT YOU  2000

I bought the doilies at a Dollar Store, a place where you can easily get mass-produced products of unexceptional quality.  The doilies remind me of old-fashioned home decorating, popular in the US in the 1940s and 1950s.  I always thought they were a bit frilly and useless, although hand-made needlework of real quality is quite beautiful.  Aside from doilies being referential to women’s work and decoration, their poor quality refers to a general lowering of standards, or “cheapness”.  I also see this deterioration spill over into our language, encouraging generic terms and nouns of inferior quality.  My mom told me to always speak up if I was bothered when someone called me a generic term instead of my name, or Miss.  Her particular annoyance was being called “honey” and she always told the person addressing her that she was not that person’s honey – that she had a proper name or to address her as Madam.  I was never able to get up enough nerve to squelch a term delivered to me -- or anyone I knew – so this series is dedicated to my mother and all those women who do speak up.

Your silence will not protect you (chick) mixed media on doily, 12” x 9” 2000

Your silence will not protect you (broad) mixed media on doily, 12” x 9” 2000

Your silence will not protect you (honey) mixed media on doily, 12” x 9” 2000

Your silence will not protect you (whore) mixed media on doily, 12” x 9” 2000

Your silence will not protect you (cunt) mixed media on doily, 12” x 9” 2000

Your silence will not protect you (slut) mixed media on doily, 12” x 9” 2000