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Paula Campbell
Tennessee

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

Societal encumbrances continue to limit women’s access to full equality and subsequent economic independence and freedom. While women's equality is not a guaranteed right, today many women face better opportunity and recognition over what past generations endured. This memorial is for those earlier generations of women who were defeated by layers of prejudice.

The anonymity of these women led me to choose simple plastic figures with faint facial characteristics and archetypal dress and poses. The figures are placed singly and in groups in unknown, ambiguous settings. The vague settings – moonscapes or desert – support the feeling of the women’s talents being lost or their exile. It also references the lack of a nurturing atmosphere. The softness of the images and the undefined faces underscore their de facto exile to obscurity. The weight of neglected potential and lost human value dominates this series.

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