I read recently that art is naming. It's giving an identity and voice to something you have created.
To give cosmos to chaos.
As my art journals are mostly about my chaos, my thoughts, my feelings, my experiences; they are about attempting to make a little sense out of the senseless things that have happened in my world, and that continue to happen. I am essentially giving a voice to myself.
By creating in my journals, and having it flow over into canvas and sketch and textual pieces of art, I have realised that I am speaking. I am using my voice to display parts of myself, to discover new ideas, to make sense of things.
And I am doing it all as a woman.
This is where Barefoot Wondering came from.
I believe, as women, we have a unique story to tell. An important story to tell. I believe it is our duty to learn about our history and predecessors. To be aware of female issues around the world. To be aware of female issues in our own worlds.
Barefoot is not just a personal journey of figuring out the voice I display within my creations, it is an awareness of the necessity to understand the bigger picture.
Its name is a takeback.
Its a play on the age old stereotype of being "barefoot and chained to the kitchen sink". It's trying to grapple with the idea of, 'what if I choose this? What if I enjoy being barefoot and baking cupcakes? Does that lessen my female identity?'
Its name is a freedom.
Barefootedness is freeing. The thoughts and issues I tackle in the pages may not be original, I may not be the first or the last to acknowledge them, but there is freedom in acknowledging them.
Its name is sacred.
Our thoughts and experiences, what we take from them, how we allow ourselves to deal with them, our female relationships that aid us in our growth and learning, they are sacred things. And sacred things demand care and respect. Just as you would walk barefoot on Holy ground, I walk barefoot through my art.
Barefoot Wondering is a glorified art journal. It is diary entries, poems, art journal pages, doodles, sketches - all dealing with the everyday and the not so everyday. With the distinct recognition of being female. A female feminist. A Christian* female feminist, at that.
It is taking a lot longer to pull it all together than I originally anticipated. But it is very close to being "done".
I will share some other zines I love next week :)
* I have many issues with labels. Something that is sure to come out in the zine ;)