Updated: Feb 1
It was only after I joined WCA that I learned that art by women is miserably underrepresented in most museum collections. I think some museums have recently brought the percentage of art by women in their collections up to not quite 10%. That’s progress? This is 2021?!!
Okay, so stop being so shocked and dismayed. Do something about it! So, I post articles regularly about artists who are women on our Facebook Group page. Some consciousness-raising never hurts. By the number of likes and hearts, I think many of you enjoy seeing or reading these. Then, I came across this article about a royal village in Burkina Faso where every house is a work of art: https://mymodernmet.com/african-village-burkina-faso/?fbclid=IwAR08HxTjSt_69XG1NusAUM17HoViL_PMrLvFp3mFZVXi9nTjlXeVNyRg4CE
I did a little internet sleuthing. Sure enough, the art was done by the women of the village.
Some of you may know that I’m a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, and that I was posted to a Polynesian country. There, the women make bark cloth, and using pigments they mix from natural sources, paint the cloths with designs representing things in their environment or culture.