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Small felt tip ink drawing on acid free drawing paper, roughly 5×8 inches. Please consider the size of the original when ordering prints.
Title from a story by Cordwainer Smith.
This is the second in a set of abstracted ink drawings examining women’s experience of life in our society. The first, “Still Point in a Sea Change” focused on a young woman in transition, deciding which of the masks she’s been handed she’ll keep and which she’ll discard as she heads out to make her world.
The “Queen of the Afternoon” is a mature confident woman who has created her place in the world. She is girded with the armor of her self-made contexts, her position and accomplishments, and her social connections. But the armor that demonstrates her strength and underlines her confidence also encumbers her.
Our society reacts to mature female confidence; professional, personal, sexual, with an odd mixture or celebration, fear and derision. Many of us thus wear an odd set of “armor”.
As I completed this drawing I was thinking about the special set of extra responsibilities that women take on as they become established. We are not only bosses, but also mentors; not only responsible citizens, but also committee members, not only family members, but also caretakers, and the list goes on.
We are indeed the queens of all that we survey – as well as it’s carriers and caretakers.