Created by Mynderse Academy Photography Class (Seneca Falls Central School), Seneca Falls, New York
Artists: Rebecca, Madison, Kalli, KT and Jordan
Photography Instructor: Andrew Day
Theme: ….immediate admission to all the rights and privileges (Women’s Rights National Historic Park Exhibit Theme) (Equality)
Materials: Cotton Cloth, Ink, Silk screen materials, computers and pictures
Students stared with a photograph of the individual they chose to represent. Pictures were manipulated using Adobe Photoshop so that they could be simplified into graphic images. Several silk screens were generated for each image: one screen for each color, and printed onto cotton cloth. Once the images had been created, photography student, Rebecca Fisco, sewed the images together to create the final art work. Rebecca specifically chose the paisley bandanna pattern for the background as a nod to Rosie the Riviter who inspired woman to work in factories during WW11.
About: Seneca Falls New York is the birthplace of the woman’s suffrage movement in the United State and as such the town is seeped in local history. The National Woman’s Hall of Fame is located here and is a point of local pride in the struggle for equality for all people. The inspiration for this art work was generated by students at the local public high school, Mynderse Academy, to honor the courage and fortitude of woman who pursued their dreams in the face of adversary. The art work features 5 famous influential woman; 1) founder of woman’s suffrage and home town favorite Elizabeth Cady Stanton 2) Avant Garde performance artist Lady Ga Ga 3) Pioneer Aviator Emilia Erhart 4) Pop Icon Marilyn Monroe, and last but certainly not least 5) Malala… the young Pakistani girl shot in the face by the Taliban for attending school. Malala is a particularly brave young lady. My favorite story about her is when she met President Obama and asked him to stop dropping bombs on her country/people. He didn’t of course, but it can’t hurt to ask.
Did your group enjoy working on this project? Yes. This project was very successful for all involved. Students were inspired and work diligently to complete the project. The process of creating multiple color silk screen images from photographs was a challenge but the students did not get discouraged and remained positive throughout the process.