Statement - I Am She

In this exhibition, I examine issues relating to feminism past, present and future, exploring the causes of gender based violence and inequality, from both a personal and global perspective.

My interest in women’s issues began at an early age. As a young girl, in the 70’s, I petitioned my elementary school to allow girls to wear pants in the cold winter months. The rule was changed and I learned through this first taste of empowerment that one person could effect positive change.

Today, in many parts of the world, modern advances in technology and communication collide with traditional religions, cultures and customs in patriarchal societies. Closer to home, issues of human trafficking and domestic violence compromise our tenuous hold on feminism, the extent of which is underestimated and misunderstood.

By examining these incongruities, I address issues of love, family, conflict, and gender inequality. Some of my sculptures and installations are confrontational and that is my intent: to inspire curiosity, thought and dialogue, to raise awareness, and incite positive action.

- Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong