Washington Is Not A Black Feminist Artist Essay

940 Words Dec 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Washington is not a black feminist artist and does not consider herself a part of any political movement, just like Pickett, she identifies herself as black woman who is a mother and artist. Her artwork also speaks to a feminist perspective message. Washington knew earlier on in the 1960’s her artwork did not fit the mold of mainstream white galleries. Washington’s priority was not being called a black feminist it was about showing her artwork. She felt black women were being overlooked because of the Guerilla Girls were screaming at the museums to let them in.
“That we would have a venue and if no one gave us a venue we pulled our money together, we made a venue, we rented a venue, and we stole a venue so we could show our art, and our art was about being black women, married, unmarried, gay, straight you know, bisexual, whatever, transgendered. We wanted to make some art and we wanted our art to stand up against any man, black, white or green, out there, to have the same opportunities. And if nobody was going to give it to us we were going to give it to ourselves, caused we owed ourselves that, we deserved it and we did it.”

Washington points out, defining yourself as a black feminist artist today depends on your message of who you are. It does not matter whether your concerns with equal rights, injustice or abortion rights, you create the art in spite of how people feel.
Seneferu wondered why she had not taken on the term feminist and questions her reservations of…

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