janet davidson-hues: business or pleasure?
Janet Davidson-Hues has dedicated herself to integrating language into her visual field providing infinite possibilities of interpretation and accessibility. Mickey Mouse made his way into her None of Your Business painting series and Minnie was born to represent women who have found voice and are speaking out in her #MeToo series, which is a presumptive look at the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment and the insidious nature of the problem associated with silence on the part of survivors.
The women represented in this exhibition are poised to deflect barbs and accusations, and to absorb misogynistic and hate-filled rhetoric, lies and more lies, innuendos and insinuations. We come together and listen to each other, believe each other, and realize our commonality, whether we are a cartoon character, a woman of art, or a flesh and blood woman like you and me or a member of an enlightened community that surrounds us.
Nancy originated in 1933. To say that Nancy is a simple gag strip about an airheaded, simple-minded slot-nosed kid is to miss the point completely. Nancy Ritz, a typical and somewhat mischievous eternally eight-year-old girl, is always a little sassy, a little rude, 100-percent kid, spiky helmet hair and all. Nancy is seen as a proto-feminist, a real role model for little girls. She’s resilient and tough. She’s a great problem solver, is intelligent and clever, and yet she’s still a kid. What’s relatable about Nancy is that she has anxieties, but she’s really confident.
Lisa is a charismatic 8 year old who plays jazz on her saxophone, is innovative, insightful, and extremely intelligent. As a baby, Lisa changed her own diapers and solved mathematical problems, thus her label “child prodigy”. Lisa is extremely passionate about ideologies and social movements, encouraging the idea of feminism, women's rights and the crusade against objectification and stereotypes of women. Lisa's political convictions are generally leftist and quite liberal.
Statue of Liberty is a universal symbol of freedom, enlightenment, hope, friendship, and opportunity, the Statue of Liberty also represents the power of woman, and I am including her as a representative of a powerful woman who probably has been subjected to some sort of abuse just like the rest of us.
Elizabeth Taylor was the ultimate movie star: violet-eyed, luminously beautiful, and bigger than life. On screen and off, Ms. Taylor was a provocative combination of the angel and the seductress. She was sometimes gaudy. She and Marilyn Monroe were Warhol’s ultimate muses in establishing iconic symbols of popular culture. This combination of glamour and tragedy appealed to Warhol’s fascination with fame and his own deep sense of morbidity.
Minnie Mouse first appeared in Plane Crazy where Minnie is invited to join Mickey in the first flight of his aircraft. She accepts the invitation, but not his request for a kiss in mid-flight. Mickey eventually forces Minnie into a kiss but this only results in her parachuting out of the plane. This first film depicted Minnie as somewhat resistant to the demanding affection of her potential boyfriend and capable of escaping his grasp. And this is 1928!