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Pink Panther Magazine--Feminist Art & Writing

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Substance ( or lack of it)... Pink Panther Features 9/1/11

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7388 posts

The features this week have been inspired by the work of Kallena Kucers. Although I am very familiar with Kallena’s art, everytime I come across her work I am have a surge of recognition and understanding of who she is and what she is saying. I always want to rest awhile in the images, where the more you look the more there is to see. Her work is both explosive and enigmatic at the same time.

The image this week that really struck me is "Substance (series 5) where the ephemeral being is suspended between emotional states. It is both moving and shocking, and also so very clever.

So, all the images this week have that same sense of substance – of lack of it. The images are layered with ambiguity and demand that we look closely to understand them.

Substance (series) #5
by Kallena Kucers

In “Virtue of Opposites” by Zeb Shaffer, we are invited to explore that knife edge between love and hate. It is strong, powerful and deliberately ambiguous. Zeb writes… There is a razors edge that one walks blindly along with bare feet: between the feeling of pure love and pure hate. The slightest breeze becomes a tempest that can push one to fall on ether side in the blink of an eye and send one tumbling into the chasms of the abyss. This abyss is fertile breeding ground for the creative spirit. It is often the very womb that births the greatest art.

Virtue of opposites
by Zeb Shaffer

“Tears Of Fire” by Angela Burman, also explores the issues of love and loss, trust and betrayal. It is moving and strong. She connects the image to the poem by Dorothy Walters which finishes with these haunting lines..
The air here holds only emptiness,
a little dust stirring
I think there will be wind tonight,
and the camels will cry out
in their sleep.

Tears Of Fire
by Angela Burman

Thelma Van Rensburg is an artist whose wry look at ourselves as women, always makes me smile, and yet, with the humour comes a deep poignancy – a theme that runs throughout her work. In “Paper Doll pin-up” we see the streotypical 1950’s woman – obsessed as ever with body size and shape. In this enigmatic and ‘simple’ image, Thelma shows us just how insubstantial is this whole concept.

bows, 2010
by Thelma Van Rensburg

Geraldine Madrell is one of my favourite artists for her irreverent humour and for the overall power and depth of her work. This one is sheer fun, and in it, she describes so well the feelings we all have about the substance of our lives as women.

Cinder’s Was Feeling Somewhat Unappreciated!
by Geraldine (Gezza) Maddrell

“My patchwork Heart” by Leni Kae is a rich and vibrant image, that shows strength as well as vulnerability. It explores the substance of love and relationships. It ends with the repeated belief that love will mend this broken heart that has been repeatedly damaged by love itself.
In Leni’s own words…
The lady in this artwork cradles her ‘patchwork heart’. It is a heart that has experienced much in terms of love, heartache, pain, joy, sadness, and each patchwork piece tells part of her story. It has been some time since she has felt the pieces together, but she decides that the time has come for her story to be understood, and for her heart itself to feel again.

The background of the artwork is like the patchwork landscape of her past, and represents her thoughts. The length of her flowing red hair shows the strength of her spirit; whilst it touches her past, her cradled focus is the key to her future…Love.

My Patchwork Heart
by Leni Kae

“Bad Day” by Marlana Marry is an emotional and dramatic image combining all the different elements that have led to this feeling of emotional hurt and imprisonment, whilst at the same time not giving over to self-pity.

Bad Day
by Marlana Marry

“The Little Odd” by Nikki Ella Whitlock, is an intriguing image, full of symbolism. I do not claim to fully understand it, but find myself looking at it again and again. For me, it is a dichotomy of innocence and experience and of pain and pleasure. Again, it makes me question what substance sustains and what destroys. A clever and profound image.

The Little Odd
by Nikki Ella Whitlock

Marlies Odenhal is relatively new to Pink Panther, but already her work is imapacting here. In “Imprisonment” she gives us much food for thought. The image hints at cultural differences in the lives of women, but also begs us to ask the question about the lives of women as a whole.

by Marlies Odehnal

Cate Legnoverde’s image “Untitled” is a self-protrait. A shimmering, transparent body, which yet has real substance and form. It is so clever, and so very beautiful. I love it.

by Cate Legnoverde

“Fate of the two faced” by Margaret Bryant, is part of the wonderful ‘Mandy’ series. Margaret explores the issues of women in a light-hearted and fun way. Although she makes us smile, there is always a message with a punch in each one. Her she explores deception and lies, and what happens to those who practice to deceive. Foe me – it also makes me think of the whole issue of plastic surgery and the ‘deception’ inherent in this form of self-torture.

Fate of the Two-Faced
by Margaret Bryant

Continuing with the theme of deception, I could not resist another image from Thelma Van Rensburg from her paper doll pin-up series. It is strong, ambiguous, both fun and serious at the same time. The woman here has no real substance, her body and face distorted and contorted as she also practices to deceive. But, Thelma has also made her seem very real.

Deception 2008
by Thelma Van Rensburg

Marlies Odehnal Marlies Odehnal 20 posts

I feel honored, Anna, primarily that I have been choosen and secondly about your warm, introductory words. Thank you very much.

Thelma Van Rensburg Thelma Van Ren... 14 posts

Thank You Anna, I love this group and are very happy to be featured.

Sybille Sterk Sybille Sterk 1485 posts

Wow. The features are fab. Love the theme. :-)

BettyHermann BettyHermann 4936 posts

Fantastic FEATURES!!!

Angela  Burman Angela Burman 297 posts

Anna, I feel incredibly honoured that you have chosen my work to feature alongside such incredible artists. Thank you for your kind words x

Nikki Ella Whitlock Nikki Ella Whi... 6 posts

Thanks so much for my feature and your thoughtful words, I’m very touched!!
I to am not sure what ‘The Little Odd’ is about!! its one of them art works that needed to be expressed, but hard to put into words, but I tried, hens the poem, a Dark recess of my mind me thinks! your summery seems spot on, thanks again Nikki:)
PS I’m loving the other artist work some very profound images!

Margaret Bryant Margaret Bryant 24 posts

Such beautiful images, I’m so proud to be among them! Thank you so much for the honor.

eoconnor eoconnor 2554 posts


patjila patjila 1105 posts

Great gallery congrats to all featured artists art work with depths!

DragonFlyer DragonFlyer 2263 posts

O Anna – I don’t know what to say – just, maybe – thank you!

I feel so honoured – and humbled. I’m so happy you feel inspired by this image – in this re-worked form it is one of the works I consider my best so, extra thank you :D

EsmeraldaSaysNo EsmeraldaSaysNo 42 posts

Thank you for the feature. It is wonderful to be part of such a fantastic group!

VenusOak VenusOak 631 posts

these are such awesome artworks…….congrats to you all……and thanks Anna for your choices. I need to go and check out a few galleries now.

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7388 posts

You are all so kind, so special and so talented.

@ kallena – you really are an inspiration in every way.

@ Venus – big hugs and I am still missing you!!