Three Art Pieces
by Jane Fleming
The Future is Female
The Holy Mother
I am primarily interested in capturing the divine in all beings. However, most often, I find myself celebrating the powerfully feminine in each piece. Both "Blowing Smoke" and "Holy Mother" exhibit non-traditional Madonnas who derive their power from their internal multitudes, rather than simply their reproductive capacity. I was inspired by the strength and aggression exuded by the models when I found them in magazines and composed each collage to highlight the ways in which each woman is owning her power. A bit differently, "The Future is Female" was inspired by the amazing sticker I was gifted by artist, Rae Piwarski (@PaintingsRae), which features witches hands holding a magic eight ball that says "The Future is Female." I wanted to play with the divine chaos and possibility of a world run on femininity. If you look closely, you'll see the work of Andy Warhol is being superseded by feminine pinks, blues, and a pair of capable hands to re-imagine the body as sensuous, girly, and capable all at once.
Jane M. Fleming is a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of the poetry chapbook, Ocotillo Worship, which is forthcoming from Apep Publications Her poetry, collages, and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Ghost City Review, Barren Magazine, Pussy Magic Magazine, and Pink Plastic House, among others. Her writing and collage portfolio can be found on her blog, lunaspeaksblog.com.