Thursday, January 22, 2009 12:00 AM
Swimmer was inspired by a story I heard third hand. Telling the story to a friend, a woman said that she went to a ladies' night at the pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When she entered the wardrobe, she discovered that it was full of wigs and dark dresses. Yet, when she got to the pool, it was full of bald ladies wearing flowery dresses. Of course, this is because Williamsburg is right next to a Hassidic Jewish neighborhood where the women shave their heads, wear wigs and swim dressed.
Saturday, January 17, 2009 12:00 AM
I attempted to make a painting of a man, but soon found out I couldn't do that. I don't know what it feels like to be a man, so I couldn't even begin painting one.
So I painted the woman right on top of the man, choosing to leave his flexed muscles on her smaller frame. I left them in because they reminded of the strength we women must find in ourselves every day, whether because we choose to or because we're forced to by our circumstances.