Mary painted the private and public lives of women of the second half of the 19th century. Although she never made a clear political statement about women rights in her works -she reserved that matter for her “real” life-, her paintings represent women reading, playing cards, writing, nursing, and a vast amount of situations, always evoking a kind of complexity and intellingence that depicted the new woman of the era.
Not to tell that she was actually one.
Sorry for my poor alteration of your work, Mary! (In my defence I`ll say that, at least, it glows in the dark…)
Direction, animation, and design by Harriet Lenneman.
Created at VCUarts, 2015.
“Mom tells me a story while she hems my pants on her Bernina sewing machine. A self-proclaimed imperfectionist, Mom doesn’t measure fabric or read instructions. After 50 years of sewing, you don’t need to follow anyone’s rules. Through a collage of old family photos, buttons and string, I give texture to Mom’s memories of making clothes on Grandma’s Singer sewing machine.”