the Freedom to Create Leadership Award for Women
day my manager Tess got a call from an organization in Singapore called
Freedom to Create, to whom she'd submitted my name for an award for
socially conscious art. They had gotten over 2000 submissions
from around the world and said weren't going to give me an award (for
reasons that became obvious: most of their awards go to artists whose
work actually puts their lives at risk!) But they wanted me to
create an award to give to the winners of a new prize for women.
was of course extremely honored and said I would love to do the
project! My excitement was ratchetted up when it turned out that
squeezed between their schedule and that of the bronze foundry I had one day
to do the actual sculpture work! Fortunately, despite other
troubles, like the finished work being lost during express shipping,
things turned out OK.
This year, the first award went to Dr. Cynthia Maung
, who runs a health clinic for refugees on the border of Myanmar and Thailand, a very inspiring story.
Unfolding Flight -artist's statementA
young bird is totally unaware of the process by which its growth both
prepares and compels it into a terribly rash act for an animal- leaping
off into open space. That courage opens a new life for the bird carved
out of its own inner nature.
For humans that flghtpath is not
one of empty air but is rather a space pried open by the imagination,
which wrests from a closed and opaque darkness clear vaults of
Seized with desire we forget all about how to do it
or whether we can and simply leap. To our astonishment we've
constructed wings out of our invisible viscera, a transformation that,
in the words of poet Steve Palmer, pulls out of ourselves “the great
height to leap into, in disbelief that we are not things of the sky.”
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