Liz Richter - SUBTEXT
Material: Velvet, costume jewelry, yarn, cardboard
Size: 34” x 30”
This work started with the material: costume jewelry I have accumulated over my adult life. Much came from my Granny, a feisty, mid-century mix of Scarlett O’Hara and Dolly Parton with a flair for bold colors and gaudy embellishments. Many are my own; tacky things bought from thrift stores or from the mall where I worked as a teen. They were used, loved, lived in and abandoned once the style changed. Having built my current work around murals and large-scale works, textiles and beadwork are a reversion to “traditional” feminine art making materials in an approach I call Aggressively Feminine Maximalism. The text “WORTH/LESS” refers to the wage gap between male and female (which is replicated in the arts). Women still make only 79 cents for every dollar a male counterpart makes. This work questions the way we value artists and women, especially as they age.