HER-story:

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

Monday, June 30

Madame de Staël

2008 mixed media
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.

- Madame de Staël (1766-1817)
Our minds never seem to stop.

Meditation becomes a much-needed vacation for our minds, for our thoughts.

Thoughts affect our feelings and emotions...

Are we choosing our thoughts wisely today?

Sunday, June 29

Zora Neale Hurston

2008 mixed media
I belong to no race nor time.
I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads.

- Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960)

I am the Eternal Feminine...

I am the Eternal Feminine...

I am the Eternal Feminine...

there is something so comforting and reassuring about this affirmation...

Saturday, June 28

Hope Portocarrero Debayle de Somoza

2008 mixed media
...un templo del arte...

- Hope Portocarrero Debayle de Somoza (1929 –1991)
temple of art

temple of culture

temple of expression

temple of light

temple of music

temple of dance

temple of history

temple of HERstory

temple of HOPE

thank you
for being a visionary
for birthing Nicaragua’s majestic theatre,
Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío

Friday, June 27

Edmonia Lewis

2008 mixed media
Some praise me because I am a colored girl, and I don't want that kind of praise. I had rather you would point out my defects, for that will teach me something.

- Edmonia Lewis (around 1843-1911)
Who do you praise?

Whose defects do you point out?

How are both mirrors?

Thursday, June 26

Queen Lili'uokalani

2008 mixed media
O Lord, Thy loving mercy
Is high as the heavens;
It tells us of Thy truth
And 'tis filled with holiness.

Whilst humbly meditating
Within these walls imprisoned,
Thou art my light, my haven
Thy glory my support.

Oh, look not on our failing,
Nor on the sins of men.
Forgive with loving kindness
That we might be made pure.

For Thy grace I beseech Thee;
Bring us 'neath Thy protection
And peace will be our portion,
Now and forevermore. Amen.

- Queen Lili'uokalani (1838-1917)

A queen’s prayer...

What is your prayer today?

Wednesday, June 25

Anne Boleyn

2008 mixed media
And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best.

- Anne Boleyn (1500 – 1536)
How do we meddle?

How do we judge?

Who judges us?

Tuesday, June 24

Edna Ferber

2008 mixed media
A closed mind is a dying mind.

- Edna Ferber (1885–1968)

Are you always right?

Are you set

- in your ways

- in your ideas

- in your opinions

- in your beliefs?

Or are you OPEN-MINDED?

Monday, June 23

Renata Tebaldi

2008 mixed media
I dedicated all my life to music.

- Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004)
To what do we dedicate our lives?

Sunday, June 22

Ann Yearsley

2008 mixed media
Proud Beauty will not own thee! Her loud boast
Is VlRTUE--while thy chilling breath alone
Blows o'er her soul. bidding her passions sleep.

- Ann Yearsley (1753-1808)
Are you proud?

What are your virtues?

What are your passions?

Saturday, June 21

Elsa Einstein

2008 mixed media
No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband and I know he can be trusted.

- Elsa Einstein (1876-1936)
What do we TRUST even when we do not understand?

I trust my intuition...

I trust my dreams...

Friday, June 20

Kateri Tekakwitha

2008 mixed media
O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to the entire world, hear me! I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my sister or brother, but to fight my greatest enemy -- myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with hands cleansed and eyes straight.

So when life fades, like the evening sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

- Kateri Tekakwitha (1658-1680)


Today we celebrate the Summer Solstice.
Today we celebrate Mother Earth and all of her bounty.
Blessed are we to live on this great planet...

Thursday, June 19

Christabel Pankhurst

2008 mixed media
It is our duty to make this world a better place for women.

- Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958)
What does duty mean to you?

How can you make this world a better place?

Wednesday, June 18

Agnes Repplier

2008 mixed media
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

- Agnes Repplier (1855-1950)
Are you seeking for happiness?

Where have you looked?

I believe happiness finds us...sometimes, when we least expect it.

Tuesday, June 17

Dorothea Dix

2008 mixed media
In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.

- Dorothea Dix (1802-1887)
What needs to be done?

What do we need to do?

Monday, June 16

Andrea Dworkin

2008 mixed media
Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination.

- Andrea Dworkin (1946 - 2005)

Are we de-sensitized to male-over-female domination?

Often, it can be quite subtle.

A joke.

A look.

Sometimes, even a fashion...

Sunday, June 15

Molly Ivins

2008 mixed media
It's hard to argue against cynics -- they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.

- Molly Ivins (1944-2007)

Cynics...

Optimists...

Which category do we belong to?

Are we in a category of our own?

Saturday, June 14

Christine de Pizan

2008 mixed media
Just as women’s bodies are softer than men’s, so their understanding is sharper.

- Christine de Pizan (1363 - 1434)

Women are different than men, yet we are equals.

Why not celebrate our differences?

Friday, June 13

Ingrid Bergman

2008 mixed media
I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.

- Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982)

Do you have regrets?

Do you really care what people say?

Who are these people anyway?

Family?

Friends?

Neighbors?

Are these people so important you would risk living a life with regrets?

Life is too short for regrets...

Thursday, June 12

Eva Hesse

2008 mixed media
I try my hand at the most absurd and extreme contrasts. That has always been more interesting for me than something normal with the right height and proportions.

- Eva Hesse (1936-1970)


I adore contrasts, they make life more interesting.

What is “normal” anyhow?

Who decides what “normal” means?

Wednesday, June 11

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

2008 mixed media
Alas! a woman that attempts the pen,
Such an intruder on the rights of men,
Such a presumptuous Creature, is esteem'd,
The fault, can by no virtue be redeem'd.

- Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661-1720)

Woman, what do you attempt?

Woman, what do you create?

Woman, what are your virtues?

Tuesday, June 10

Selma Lagerlof

2008 mixed media
Strange, when you ask anyone's advice you see yourself what is right.

- Selma Lagerlof (1858-1940)

Whose advice do we seek?

To whom do we give advice?

Monday, June 9

Paula Gunn Allen

2008 mixed media
Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist.

- Paula Gunn Allen (1939-2008)

Who is in your community?

Sunday, June 8

Marian Anderson

2008 mixed media
Every one has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.

- Marian Anderson (1902-1993)

What is your gift?

How often do you give your gift away?

Saturday, June 7

Mary McLeod Bethune

2008 mixed media
Invest in the human soul.
Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.

- Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955)
How do we invest in our human souls?

Friday, June 6

Amelia Jenks Bloomer

2008 mixed media
When you find a burden in belief or apparel, cast it off.

- Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818 - 1894)
What burdens must we cast off?

Thursday, June 5

Wilma Rudolph

2008 mixed media
My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

- Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994)
Who do we believe?

What are our dreams?

Wednesday, June 4

Jean Ingelow

2008 mixed media
The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.

- Jean Ingelow (1820-1897)

When was the last time we looked upon the moon?

When was the last time we looked upon night flowers?

Tuesday, June 3

Pearl S. Buck

2008 mixed media


I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.

- Pearl S. Buck
(1892-1973)




I need time alone.
It is not that I am anti-social.
It is just that seeing too many people too often just drains me.

I renew my springs by sitting in silence.
I renew my springs by sculpting, writing and painting.

I love time alone.
I love time with My Self.

Monday, June 2

Audré Lorde

2008 mixed media
When I dare to be powerful -- to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

- Audré Lorde (1934-1992)


Do you dare to be powerful?

Why? Why not?

What is your strength?

What is your vision?

Sunday, June 1

Lydia Maria Child

2008 mixed media
You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.

- Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880)
Are you a cheerful person?