For months, since I began this project really, I've been debating whether or not to add words to these paintings. Now that I'm almost half way through this year's 52 WEEKS project I finally decided that I needed to make a few minor changes, adding the quotes of these amazing women to the paintings. This was something I considered last year when I decided to take on this project but have always struggled with putting words in my art. I love the look of words and art but haven't found a way that felt natural to me, except once that I painted Nina Simone I knew I wanted to include her voice. After I did that I decided to carry it through to the rest of the pieces. It was interesting as I felt the pieces were lacking a little something, and now they feel finished so I'm glad I took the leap as their words are as important as their faces. They are the essence or soul of this body of work...the reason I've chosen these particular women in the first place.
AIRdirondack Art Project