HER-story:

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

Sunday, August 31

Josephine Ruffin

2008 mixed media
We need to feel the cheer and inspiration of meeting each other, we need to gain the courage and fresh life that comes from the mingling of congenial souls, of those working for the same ends.

- Josephine Ruffin (1842-1924)


Congenial souls refresh...while others drain and stress...

Saturday, August 30

Floricelda Rivas Aráuz

2008 mixed media
Hay que vivir como en todo, actualizado. Vivir leyendo, dando vueltas junto con el mundo, no estar viendo que el mundo da vueltas, sino meterse en ese movimiento, si no te quedás, como el que quedó esperando un bus en la parada y lo vio partir. Si uno sigue así, se hace viejo, yo, en ese sentido, sí me siento jovencita.

- Floricelda Rivas Aráuz (1947-2007)
How do you live your life?

Friday, August 29

Greta Garbo

2008 mixed media
There seems to be a law that governs all our actions so I never make plans.

- Greta Garbo (1905-1990)
What are your plans for today?

Are there days where there is no plan, no agenda?

Are you spontaneous?

Thursday, August 28

Judy Garland

2008 mixed media

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.

- Judy Garland (1922-1969)
How does one become a second rate version of another?

Do you echo other people's words and opinions or do you have a mind of your own?

Wednesday, August 27

Marlene Dietrich

2008 mixed media
Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

- Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)
How many secrets do you keep?

How many secrets have you betrayed?

How many secrets have you burdened others with?

Tuesday, August 26

Alice Paul

2008 mixed media
I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.

- Alice Paul (1885 – 1977)


Describe your little stone in the great mosaic...

Monday, August 25

Malvina Reynolds

2008 mixed media

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.

There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there's doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

- Malvina Reynolds (1900-1978)

I love this song, the message...

Sunday, August 24

Pearl Bailey

2008 mixed media
A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.

- Pearl Bailey (1918-1990)
What crowns do we wear?

Who crowns us? Family? Friends? Society?

Are these heavy crowns? Do they hurt? Are they worth wearing?

What stops us from removing them?

Saturday, August 23

Mourning Dove Christine Quintasket

2008 mixed media
...everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

- Mourning Dove Christine Quintasket (1888-1936)
What is your purpose on earth?

What is your mission in life?

Friday, August 22

Oriana Fallaci

2008 mixed media
I leave shreds of my soul on every experience.

- Oriana Fallaci (1930-2006)
Where do you leave the shreds of your soul?

Thursday, August 21

Empress Carlota of Mexico

2008 mixed media
All food they give me contains poison and I am starving.

- Empress Carlota of Mexico (1840-1927)
How do we poison ourselves through thoughts, words, actions?

How do we starve our souls, minds and bodies?

Wednesday, August 20

Leonor Fini

2008 mixed media
I paint pictures which do not exist and which I would like to see.

- Leonor Fini (1908-1996)
What pictures do you paint in your dreams?

What colors do you find within your dreams?

Tuesday, August 19

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

2008 mixed media
Love grows by service.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
How do you serve?

How do you love?

Who do you serve?

Who do you love?

Monday, August 18

Vivien Leigh

2008 mixed media
Life is too short to work so hard.

- Vivien Leigh (1913-1967)
If we are doing work we LOVE, then it does not seem very hard...

Sunday, August 17

Sor María Romero Meneses

2008 mixed media
La oración es para el alma lo que el aire para los pulmones.

Prayer is to the soul what air is to the lungs.

- Sor María Romero Meneses (1902 – 1977)
Prayer requires neither a priest nor a church, much less an audience.

Prayer can be an action...and a silent conversation between the Divine and us...

Saturday, August 16

Ruth Whitman

2008 mixed media
Bearing a baby, writing a poem; both enter into life as beings not quite my own, but nourished by my blood and my milk.

- Ruth Whitman (1921/22-1999)
Who or what do we nourish into life? A child? A pet? A garden? A dish? A relationship? A book? A painting?

Friday, August 15

Laura Ingalls Wilder

2008 mixed media
I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

- Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
The sweet simple things of life...

A child’s smile...

A firefly’s light...

A friend’s laughter...

A juicy peach...

A lover’s kiss...

Thursday, August 14

Ariel Durant

2008 mixed media
It takes centuries to create a civilization, and only a generation or a year to destroy it.

-Ariel Durant (1898-1981)
How do we create?

How do we destroy?

Wednesday, August 13

Abigail Adams

2008 mixed media
Great necessities call out great virtues.

- Abigail Adams (1744-1818)
What is one great necessity in your life right now?

What is one of your great virtues?

Is there a connection?

Tuesday, August 12

Diane Arbus

2008 mixed media
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.

- Diane Arbus (1923-1971)
My mother shares this philosophy. No matter how she is feeling, she always manages to put herself together. It is not about vanity, but about self-esteem...

Monday, August 11

Maria Mitchell

2008 mixed media
Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

- Maria Mitchell (1811-1889)
What have you wanted to do but have been postponing?

What is stopping you?

Sunday, August 10

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

2008 mixed media
Every mother should endeavor to be a true artist.

- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)
What do you endeavor to be?

Saturday, August 9

Mary Ritter Beard

2008 mixed media
Unless one's philosophy is all-inclusive, nothing can be understood.

- Mary Ritter Beard (1876 - 1958)
Is your philosophy inclusive or exclusive?

Friday, August 8

Shirley Chisholm

2008 mixed media
I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change.

- Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005)
What is your relationship to change?

Do you welcome it?
Do you fear it?
Do you fight it?
Do you avoid it?
Are you in denial of it?

Thursday, August 7

Marcheline Bertrand

2008 mixed media
Weep, but briefly, for your loved ones as they enter into the Kingdom of God for they shall possess a joy and peace that is unattainable on God's earthly realm. Rather, rejoice in their everlasting and total happiness for their eyes have seen God.

- Marcheline Bertrand (1950-2007)

Remembering my beloved Grand Mother Maruca
Queen of Heaven
Queen of my Heart...

Wednesday, August 6

Jane Addams

2008 mixed media


Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt.

- Jane Addams (1860-1935)

What have you been fearing to attempt?

Tuesday, August 5

Yvonne DeCarlo

2008 mixed media
It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn't have had otherwise. It made me 'hot' again, which I wasn't for a while.

- Yvonne DeCarlo (1922-2007)

Where does your security come from?
Finances?
Self-esteem?
Family?
Friends?
Possessions?
Prayer?
Faith?

Monday, August 4

Anna Jameson

2008 mixed media
In morals, what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion, what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.

- Anna Jameson (1794-1860)


What do you fear?
How do you combat fear?
Do you let fear rule your life?

Sunday, August 3

Her Imperial Majesty, Joséphine, Empress of France

2008 mixed media
I do not know what my fate will be, I suspect it has been decided.

- Her Imperial Majesty, Joséphine, Empress of France (1763-1814)
Do you believe your fate has been decided?

Saturday, August 2

Mary Kay

2008 mixed media
Every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. Success in many cases is failure turned inside out. The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity. Eliminate the negative attitude and believe you can do anything. Replace 'if I can, I hope, maybe' - with - 'I can, I will, I must.'

- Mary Kay (1918-2001)

I CAN
I WILL
I MUST
BELIEVE it...and it shall be so...

Friday, August 1

Cyd Charisse

2008 mixed media
I never thought of myself as a ‘Star’, not even after I made my biggest films. Perhaps that’s because I am basically an introvert. I knew that I loved working, performing. What the public made of it was their business. I hoped that they liked me and admired my work, of course, but that pedestal they stuck me up on was insignificant in my view.

- Cyd Charisse (1922-2008)
What pedestals have we been placed upon? By whom?