The Invisible Woman – My Story in Our Story
Finally, just got word that we can post our pics of Our Story!
Currently showing at the 2018 International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX.
My Artist Statement for “The Invisible Woman”:
The first thing most of us think of when we hear about the phenomenon of women and invisibility after a certain age is as men relate to us. Although that’s, perhaps, the first or most noticeable aspect of this un-empowerment of the ageing woman, it isn’t the first thing I experienced with a fair amount of certitude. It is, however, what you most read about if you Google “women and invisibility.” It’s the foremost topic, running closely aligned with many articles written by women dismissing the notion of today’s women feeling or being powerless.
Many women who have lost their jobs in their fifties were never hired again. I decided to recreate myself as a self-employed artist rather than fight a losing battle. Although I am happier, I am considerably less wealthy! Older women in the workforce are becoming increasingly invisible in the workplace.
As Tira Harpaz writes, “Scientists at Duke University’s Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics are close to perfecting an “invisibility cloak,” a breakthrough they have been working on since 2006. While I appreciate their efforts, I want to give them a tip: If you want to make a person invisible, just put them in the shoes of an over-fifty woman and abracadabra, watch them disappear.”
What IS visible are youthful feminine good looks and taut bodies often photoshopped to an unnatural degree, dyed heads, fewer wrinkles and sagging chins. Only those who are more privileged than most can uncloak themselves; abracadabra for the rest of us!
Susanne Miller Jones , Foreword by Tom Berlin