This SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION is the first IRREVERSIBLE tribute to our mothers, grandmothers and sisters– the women who have come and gone throughout the centuries and the women who are here today taking their place; women like you and me. This is a tribute to all these women who have come and gone, and those who are here today doing the work.
In this issue among others:
Bernice Steinbaum – Hung Liu- Rosa de La Cruz – Lorna Marsh
Janet Batet – Julia Morton – Lynne Bentley-Kemp – Kristen Schiele – Kathryn Mikesell – Merc – Carla Rey – Florencia Daiban
Paula Urbano – Juliana Estevez – Soledad Álvarez Campos
Mari Carmen Ramírez, the Houston Fine Arts museum’s curator of Latin American art, of whose vision in the field of Latin American art it has been written;
“It aggressively attacked many stereotypes of Latin American art. It was eye-opening for those who don’t know and affirming for those of us who always believed these artists should get a voice.” Olga Viso, an American of Cuban descent and director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (Movers & Shakers by ARTHUR LUBOW The New York Times- Published: March 23, 2008)
In the curator’s own words for IRREVERSIBLE
“The field has expanded considerably to include both artists who had been marginalized or under-recognized for decades and/or emergent artists. We now have a far more dynamic and competitive situation with museums, dealers, collectors, and auction houses vying for the work of artists from Latin America.”
Although these women come from all races, religions, sects and cultures, I am able to relate to them as our own mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers. This strong kinship always existed among women but I think very few of us are aware of it. So let us come together, pay tribute and celebrate the lives of these women through celebrating our own precious lives. Let us celebrate our own talents and unique qualities and give us the acknowledgment and the recognition due for our efforts and hard work– however big or small. Let us recognize and honor the mother, the sister, the aunt and the grandmother within ourselves and within each other. Let us remember that like a burning candle that illuminated the dark, we too need to honor and cherish the light within each other and ourselves for giving light to the world around us.
I do not feel inhibited or bound by what I am.
That does not mean that I have never had bad scenes relating to being an immigrant and/or a woman, it means that other people’s craziness has not managed to make me crazy.
I write from my knowledge not my lack,
from my strength not my weakness.
I am not interested if anyone knows whether or not I am familiar with big words,
I am interested in trying to render big ideas in a simple way.
I am interested in being understood not admired!
Lucille Clifton (American poet, 1936- )