Visions of Self is the first annual show of the Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision group of Yosemite Sierra Artists. The show features over 100 female artists from 10 countries, with work including the subjects of self-portraiture, environment, emotions, and state of being.
Co-Curators: Wendy Denton & Jennifer Moss
Judges: Michele Ellis Pracy, Executive Director/Chief Curator Fresno Art Museum & Diane Breuer, Artist & Former Gallery Owner
“If they see breasts and long hair coming
they call it a woman,
If beard and whiskers,
they call it a man
but, look, the self that hovers
is neither man
-verse no. 133 by DASIMAYYA
from the book “Speaking Of Siva” by A. K. Ramanujan
This is the English translation of the vacana originally by a Virasaiva Saint Dasimayya as they speak to Shiva and Of Shiva.
This vacana (the saying) said in medieval language shows the rebellion of the speaker against the dichotomies, rejecting inequality on the basis of sex, prejudices and impacts deeply the feminist in me. I am proud that some of our ancestors in medieval times had the capacity and ability to think so radically.
Soul-13 is my way of expressing gratitude to Dasimayya.
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