FORCED/FORCE no.1, 2018

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This piece was born from exploring with material and misusing tools - intentionally doing things incorrectly as a method for seeing new potential in the truths we take for granted. The accepted method creates accepted results. A different method creates different results. We are in a moment in history where different does not automatically equal wrong. Among it’s many layers of meaning, FORCED/FORCE celebrates the idea of exploring new ways of seeing, discovering new methods of doing, and practicing less prescribed ways of being.

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In a man’s world, a woman’s attempt at success is forced … measured by a man’s standard, a system of laws, a definition of beauty, a permission granted or denied. We force ourselves to fit into a mold that was not made for us, was not crafted for our health or wellness or success. We are forced physically, psychologically, emotionally to adapt to an environment that objectifies and does us harm … even if only by not understanding our true nature. Our successes exist within the confines of others’ imaginations and our trauma is carried within us. We have seen what happens when we speak our truths – first to each other and then collectively. Sixty women held a man accountable for his abuse and despite his fame and reputation as an all-American father, he is in jail because of their courage to speak. We are a FORCE when we unite together.

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FORCED/FORCE was created in 2018 with the support of a MnKnight Foundation Next Step Fund grant from Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and was installed in “PERMISSION” solo exhibition at Finlandia University Gallery in Hancock, Michigan from November 29, 2018 - February 15, 2019.