Thursday, January 22, 2009 12:00 AM
For Seeing Shadow, I traced my body and created a pattern that I then knitted in jute. Like Peter Pan who lost his shadow and had to have it sewn back on, I suffer from a reluctance to grow up. Knitting my own shadow was a way of honoring myself as a child.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 2:53 PM
This series of paintings is based on my relationship with my younger sister. We have grown up together, then grown apart, then grown back together again, stronger than before. Throughout the years, we have developed a deep friendship and enjoy many shared memories.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 8:01 AM
Step into the crowded Dar Taliba, a girls' dormitory in rural Morocco. Photographer Amy Thompson takes you behind the walls that separate girls from the public space of boys and men. All the photographs are unposed and made with available light on film. Follow along with this slide show and discover a hidden world of reading, prayer, sports, whispers and the universal dramas of adolescent years.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:34 PM
"Traveling Postcards" enables faraway women to share their stories and empower each other across borders and in spite of distance and difference. I organize postcard-making events where women create small works of art that represent a moment in their life that they wish to share with another woman. Each card is the size of a postcard and can include bits of memories, objects and hand-written stories.
All cards are given away. They travel from one country to another, crossing borders unobstructed and uncensored. I imagine cards from mothers whose children are at war reaching mothers of the soldiers they are fighting. I imagine women who have been living in shelters reaching out and sharing their stories with women who want to know what they can do to stop domestic violence. I believe that these postcards can be our opportunity to creatively voice and record our collective insights as women.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:56 PM
I believe one expands one's arc of knowledge as they read. Pesonally, I grew more spiritual as I started to read the Qur'an. Reading and reciting the Arabic text was an act of devotion for me; the alphabet turned into words and the words turned into the names of God. Expanding the Arc explores, by merging the Arabic alphabet and the calligraphic Arabic names of God, the gradual and continuous expansion of our understanding and knowledge. I call this intellectual and spiritual growth "expanding my arc of knowledge."
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:15 PM
When God Was a Woman is part of my Lost in Translation Series where I question and dialogue with the writers of the three Holy Books--the Old and New Testament and the Qur'an--regarding war, women, and homosexuality.