Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Andrea Bowers

Defense of Necessity

Defense of Necessity

Andrea Bowers. Defense of Necessity, 2003.

This weaving is part of a project that originated as an archival process, and is centered on a specific nonviolent direct action movement that took place during the 1970's and 1980's in the U.S. Combining feminism, spiritualism and environmentalism, Barbara Epstein in her book, "Political Protest and Cultural Revolution," called this movement "Magical Politics." This sculpture is a 30 foot long x 8 foot high weaving that serves as a blockage in the exhibition space. The inspiration for this large sculpture came from the first Women's Pentagon Action where some activists wove the doors to the Pentagon shut with brightly colored yarns. Weaving was used in many protests by this movement as a metaphor of women's power against institutions.


politics, religion, feminism, nonviolence, Activism, weaving, quilting

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Los Angeles, CA
United States


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