Friday, May 31, 2013
I find this type of camaraderie more and more common among the freelancing/self employed women I know in Baltimore. Which is interesting because elsewhere (dare I say - specifically in the fashion industry) I see plenty of the opposite. Women stealing ideas from each other, shunning each other, success being seen as something achieved only by destroying the competition... not by pushing forward as a team. I say it often, that I'm fortunate to have only one of my feet in this more competitive world, and the other firmly planted on the crafter side - which might I say - is a decidedly encouraging and team spirited community. (Possibly to a fault- none of us are business minded and even know to compete. We just want to support the arts).
A new painting I made last month for a show opening June 20th at Nancy Margolis Gallery in NYC. is a reaction to that darker side to women in business. A two women team volunteering to hold a finish line banner, but quietly holding it at ankle height and watching for the competition to either trip or jump higher. I guess I'm not so much devastated that this duo might exist... I'm just glad I have my own, (larger and more diverse) team that might see the obstacle for me, and train me to do the high jump.
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