First Ladies (2010)

“First Ladies” is a series of 24”x33” photo-drawings exploring the imagined psyches of American Presidents’ wives. I draw internal monologues on top of photographs of the First ladies, exploring the subjugation of self/accomplishment, and story in the service of one’s husband’s career. Based on widely available biographical data, I inhabit or borrow the consciousness of each first lady, creating snippets of narrative explanation and reaction to key events in the First Lady’s life. Continuing with my fascination with how American women are represented in private and public life, “First Ladies” attempts to go beyond the surface and into the substance of their experience. Using a personal confessional voice, I explore the tensions created by the incommensurability of the personal with living in the public eye as the feminine embodiment of a political party.

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