In March 2021 glór will bring together three formidable visual artists from Clare, Dublin, and Belfast to produce a project that’s all about women’s strength.
The project’s title, Eggs & Butter, references ‘Eggs and Butter money’, a popular means of financial independence for women in rural areas until the mid-20th century. The women would stash this money away for an emergency, giving them financial power to equals their responsibilities.
Artists Emma Brennan’s dough pieces and Emily Waszak’s weaving included in this project will include contemporary pieces which rely on the traditional crafts of baking and weaving. The beautiful pieces are surprisingly tough, explicitly difficult, and demonstrate the strength involved in their production. Rachel Macmanus’ work will take the form of concept-led observational drawings that deal with questions of women’s strength in the context of contemporary everyday life in Clare, with a focus on women who live in rural areas. The work will be created as a dynamic, “live” reaction-based representation, continuing to grow during 2021.
To give a taste of the work in progress, the artists contributed sneak previews of their pieces.
Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.