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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Gina Washington

SPE Member since 2008
Member Chapter: Midwest

So Black

My name is Gina Washington. And I have the spirit of the womyn artist's in my family inside my blood. I come from a long line of womyn that created because they had an overwhelming urge to use their hands and imaginations in non-traditional ways. As a womyn I wanted to create imagery that changed the negative perceptions people have in regards to people of color. I wanted to talk about old subjects concerning the "isms that affect us daily. I wanted to shove them all down the throats of the bull-shitters, fakers, and phonies. Now I have the simple desire to make you cry. I want to make you flush out the crap that builds up in the corner of your eyes. So you can begin a process that will enable you, daily, to see clearly. I can be emotionally raw with my imagery. But people do not usually react to pretty little nice things. Ultimately, through my work I hope to make visible the lines that connect us. As an artist I ask myself how do I rise amongst the muck and confusion of everyone else peddling their genius? I will do it by simply being eclectic, present and me. Nothing else but my direct and indirect experiences is at the core of my work. What else is there anyway? All of which are tied to the maternal blood that flows inside me. Like my ancestors before me I have no choice but to create. And I do it "by any means necessary." At any given time my evolution and ability to thrive off of constant change may awaken you to your own possibilities. Now how wonderful would that be? So breathe.

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