Women’s Daybook Series brings together photographs selected annually by the editors of The Women’s Daybook from those I submit in response to an announced theme. Second Story Press’s first agenda book in 1990 featured Canadian Women Photographers and 13 photographs – one on the cover and one to introduce each month. Mine was the December image. The format of the agenda has changed little since then and is maintained by Sumach Press, which became the publisher in 2000.
More than 25 years later, gathering these individual agenda photos into a series became a retrospective look at my artwork. There are threads of my various projects and connections to issues of the second wave of the Women’s Movement. The painting in the Passages 2000 photograph, for instance, was central to the 1982 exhibit Art et Feminisme that accompanied Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party at Musée d’art contemporain. Several pieces from Relations were also included. Themes such as parenting, community life, education are evident. Even my work with the Montreal Health Press, publishers and distributors of information about issues of health and sexuality, is represented; View from a Rock is in Newfoundland, where we attended a conference in 1994.
Vanier College was a fitting venue for this work in March 2006; Vanier’s Women’s Studies program hosted my 1st exhibit in the staff cafeteria during one of our early celebrations of International Women’s Day in 1978.
So thank you Communications/Studio Arts and Women’s Studies for inviting me to exhibit in the context of celebrating International Women’s Week: Joining Hands to Make a Difference. And thanks to Sumach press for showcasing the work of Canadian women photographers, as well as challenging me to write about each selected photo.
The text that accompanies each photo on a facing page can be downloaded here.