Sheila L de Bretteville
Feminist Artist Statement
the way I questioned the meaning of the color pink. Neither pink nor 'woman' belong only to those designated female at birth. Nor do women have yet equal respect and opportunity without acting in the narrow format that is required still of most men. Additionally I suggest that women do and are part of as much evil as good acts that have occurred and keep happening.
And at the same time, I look back with the warmest admiration for sisterhood before and blossoming in the late 60's early 70's and 80's in LA -- perhaps with somewhat pinky, rosy glasses. I continue to feel a nourishing pleasure when among those gutsy women who came to make artwork at the Los Angeles Woman's Building, publish in the early issues of our feminist journal Chrysalis and continue to marvel at our idealistic notions of how women entering places from which we have been excluded could make the world a more egalitarian and caring place. Those conversations in consciousness- raising groups and so often when we got together to talk with one another were permeated with riveting attentiveness, mutual respect, equality despite differences. And if that equal balancing of contributions I found in those conversations were the model for relationships in the world we live in, perhaps our world would not be so lacking in acceptance of one another as it appears to be right now.