*Choice Magazine review of The Rule of Mars: "This eclectic and fascinating collection of 32 essays revolves around the topic of patriarchy, including its origins, diverse cultural manifestations, nefarious effects, and eventual demise. Most of the essays examine patriarchy's origins and are heavily indebted to the work of archaeomythologist Marija Gimbutas...From the anthropological record past and present, several contributors demonstrate vast differences between matriarchal and patriarchal social orders and the chaos, pain, and suffering wrought by the latter, including war, domestic violence, exploitative capitalism, and environmental degradation...Biaggi deftly weaves the various essays together...Highly recommended."
Feminist Artist Statement
During the 1970s and early 1980s, years when I was participating in various women’s encampments around the world protesting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, I created a series of collages on paper and cloth and large web installations. The webs were woven by women in the encampments as symbols of women united in peace against the military-industrial complex.
During the 1980s and 1990s, I attended many women’s conferences including the Third Women’s International Conference in Nairobi and the Fourth Women’s International Conference in Beijing. From my involvement in these important events, I was motivated to create 52% and The Beijing Sphere -- two collages bursting with the captivating faces of the wonderful women of the world I met at those life-changing conferences.
From the 1990s to the present time, I have continued to pursue my study of women’s spirituality and the Great Goddess, and from it has sprung a body of Goddess-related art and writings: the GG sculpture, the Goddess Mound project, a series of Medusas and a number of wooden pieces, along with three books: Habitations of the Great Goddess, In the Footsteps of the Goddess and The Rule of Mars. The latter is a wide-ranging collection of writings on the origins, history and impact of patriarchy.
The realization that my activism, my art and my writing have converged is a delight to me. That my most passionate pursuits have become undeniably intertwined is a reflection of my deepest being. I see it as a calling to achieve my fullest potential as an artist.