HER-story:

With words and images, I am telling my story. Through art, through sculpture, I am remembering HERstory...
CASIMIRA

Wednesday, April 30

Lucretia Mott

2008 mixed media
We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.

- Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)

Why are we so often determined to avoid facing the truth in our lives?

Is it that we are stubborn and set in our ways?

Is it that we are too proud?

Is it that we fear the truth?

Tuesday, April 29

Harriet Martineau

2008 mixed media
A soul occupied with great ideas performs small duties.

- Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)
What are our souls occupied with?

What are our souls preoccupied with?

What are our great ideas?

What are our small duties?

Monday, April 28

Margaret Fuller

2008 mixed media
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

- Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

Growing up, what was your favorite book?

When was the last time you read it?

Sunday, April 27

Gertrude Stein

2008 mixed media
Let me listen to me and not to them.

- Gertrude Stein (1874-1926)

Do we listen to ourselves?

Truly listen to our souls?

Do we listen to the messages in our dreams?

Or do we spend our lives listening to others and living for them?

Saturday, April 26

Betty Blythe

2008 mixed media
A director is the only man besides your husband who can tell you how much of your clothes to take off.

- Betty Blythe (1893-1972)


I have always decided how much of my clothing I take off and put on.

I am quite comfortable in my skin...with my naked body.

However, I am not an exhibitionist. My body is my temple, which I honor and respect.

Friday, April 25

Sarah Bernhardt

2008 mixed media
Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

- Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923)
How do we spend ourselves?

Are we rich in life and energy?

Thursday, April 24

Audrey Hepburn

2008 mixed media
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself; the second is to help others.

- Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)

This is an empowering lesson to teach our young – who learn from example.

Wednesday, April 23

Sylvia Plath

2008 mixed media

Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now.

Live it, feel it, cling to it.

I want to become acutely aware of all I've taken for granted.

- Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)



What have we taken for granted in life?
Our health?
Our family?
Our friendships?
We each have so much to be grateful for...
Live it...
Feel it...
Cling to it...
...the moment is NOW...

Tuesday, April 22

Ayn Rand

2008 mixed media
Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.

- Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Planet Earth

Mother Earth

let us celebrate HER every day

Monday, April 21

Catherine the Great

2008 mixed media

I praise loudly. I blame softly.

-Catherine the Great (1729-1796)

Who praises us?

Who blames us?

Who do we praise?

Who do we blame?

Sunday, April 20

Babe Paley

2008 mixed media
You can never be too rich or too thin.

- Babe Paley (1915-1978)


I strongly DISAGREE with Ms. Paley.

Nonetheless, I am including her infamous quote because unfortunately, it continues to be a popular motto for women these days.

I have seen walking cadavers.

I have witnessed women prostitute their souls for financial wealth.

Do we truly want our daughters to grow up imprisoned?

Saturday, April 19

Elizabeth Arden

2008 mixed media
I'm not interested in age.
People who tell me their age are silly.
You're as old as you feel.

- Elizabeth Arden (1884 - 1966)

I believe we are all AGE-LESS.

At times I feel I am two thousand years old...wise and eternal, connected with both heaven and earth.

Other times, I feel I am a girl of four or five, wishing upon a star and skipping my way through life with laughter and careless joy.

How old do you feel today?

Friday, April 18

Julian of Norwich

2008 mixed media
Pray inwardly, even if you do not enjoy it. It does good, though you feel nothing. Yes, even though you think you are doing nothing.

- Julian of Norwich (14th century)
Prayer FEELS good to me.

Prayer can be a form of gratitude...

Prayer can be a form of celebration...

Prayer can be a form of meditation...

Prayer can be a form of remembrance...

Prayer is a little gift we can give ourselves every day...

Thursday, April 17

Louise Otto

2008 mixed media

Women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves.

- Louise Otto (1819-1895)

How do we forget ourselves?

How can we remember ourselves?

Wednesday, April 16

Margaret Chase Smith

2008 mixed media
One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking. I always try to think before I talk.

- Margaret Chase Smith (1897 - 1995)
We all know people who speak and speak and never seem to be able stop...

We all know people who are silent tombs – hardly ever uttering a word...

I believe there is a balance between the two extremes.

Tuesday, April 15

Elizabeth Blackwell

2008 mixed media

For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.

- Elizabeth Blackwell
(1821-1910)


How do we contribute to womanhood?

What example are we setting for our daughters?

Monday, April 14

Bella Abzug

2008 mixed media

I am not elevating women to sainthood, nor am I suggesting that all women share the same views, or that all women are good and all men bad.

- Bella Abzug (1920-1998)



I love men who have enough self-confidence to respect women. I believe it has a lot to do with how these men grow up and with the examples parents set.

Sunday, April 13

Sarah Winnemucca

2008 mixed media
The traditions of our people are handed down from father to son. The Chief is considered to be the most learned, and the leader of the tribe. The Medicine Man, however, is thought to have more inspiration. He is supposed to be in communion with spirits...

- Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891)
What traditions have we been handed down and by whom?

When are we Chiefs of our tribes?

How are we Medicine Women in communion with the spirit world?

Saturday, April 12

María Félix, La Doña

2008 mixed media
Para qué nací bonita, mejor me hubiera quedado como las chachas de mi pueblo.

- María Félix, La Doña (1914 – 2002)

Is physical beauty a blessing or a curse? Or both?

Friday, April 11

Helen Keller

2008 mixed media
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature.

- Helen Keller (1880–1968)

Are we living our lives as daring adventures?

Thursday, April 10

Beatrix Potter

2008 mixed media
Most people, after one success, are so cringingly afraid of doing less well that they rub all the edge off their subsequent work.

- Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)


A lot of people admit to fearing failure.

But could we also be afraid of success?

What is success anyhow? A large bank account? An over sized house? A European vehicle? An overstuffed closet? A perfect bikini body?

Success has nothing to do with material gain or earthly possessions. Success is being at peace with ourselves. Success is being joyful for ourselves and for others. Success is freedom of expression. Success is having an army of loved ones cheering us on through life.

Wednesday, April 9

Florence Nightingale

2008 mixed media
How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.

- Florence Nightingale (1829–1910)

How do you conquer your fears?

I pray.
I meditate.
I read and I write.
I dance.

Then, even if I still feel fear, I go ahead and breathe through whatever it is and just do it. Fear is part of human nature and something that can make us stronger and wiser - if we do not allow it to paralyze us.

Tuesday, April 8

May Sarton

2008 mixed media
I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seed every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life. It is the tree's way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the wind.

- May Sarton (1912-1995)

Our souls move on and do not die...I aspire to live this lifetime by giving myself away like a tree, spilling my treasures on the wind...

Monday, April 7

Millicent Rogers

2008 mixed media
Suddenly passing Taos Mountain I felt that I was part of the Earth, so that I felt the sun on my surface and the rain. I felt the stars and the growth of the moon; under me, rivers ran.....

- Millicent Rogers (1902-1953)
Earth is a Mother to us all.

She nurtures us with ancient wisdom.
She nourishes us with infinite love.

My spiritual journey is directly linked with Nature...Mother Nature, my Muse of Muses.

Sunday, April 6

Claudette Colbert

2008 mixed media




It matters more what's in a woman's face than what's on it.

- Claudette Colbert (1903-1996)




Mirror, mirror on the wall what is in our face today?

hope...

light...

laughter...

compassion...

forgiveness...

Saturday, April 5

Queen Victoria

2008 mixed media

The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.

- Queen Victoria (1819-1901)


A good mantra when forced to meet certain individuals...

Friday, April 4

Rita Hayworth

2008 mixed media
I never really thought of myself as a sex goddess; I felt I was more a comedian who could dance.

- Rita Hayworth (1918-1987)

My definition of a sex goddess is a woman who is in touch with the primal, earthy energies that make us human.

She is a woman who acknowledges her feminine power.

She is a woman who celebrates her sexuality with respect for her body, her temple.

She is a woman who does not need to be in a sexual relationship in order to feel sensual or secure...

There is a sex goddess in every woman...

Thursday, April 3

Mary Shelley

2008 mixed media
It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn.

- Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Do we desire to learn the secrets of heaven and earth?
I believe our dreams slowly reveal glimpses of these secrets. Dreams can be small windows into the mysteries that we are.

Last night, I dreamt I was traveling in a wonderful and faraway land. It may have been India or Morocco. Everyone and everything vibrated in vivid color. In search of stones and accents for my sculptures, I wandered into a little boutique. Within an old weathered handbag, I discovered dozens of delicate carved alabaster images of Mother Mary...

Wednesday, April 2

Zelda Fitzgerald

2008 mixed media
Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.

- Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948)

How much can our hearts hold?

I would venture to guess an infinite amount...

I sense our hearts grow and expand with every moment...

Tuesday, April 1

Kishida Toshiko

2008 mixed media
If it is true that men are better than women because they are stronger, why aren't our sumo wrestlers in the government?

- Kishida Toshiko (1863-1901)

Some of the strongest human beings I know are women who at barely 5-feet tall are amazons of power.