by Deena Holland (FS Issue 10.2)
With their art, many Femspec artists seek to engage, inspire and challenge others' beliefs or thoughts on feminism, gender and sexuality. Others may simply create something just to express outwardly who they are at their core, a part of themselves invisible to the outer world but known only to them. Whatever their reasons are, these artists do their part in providing not just Femspec, but also the world, with a numerous range of unique perspectives, all of which to consider when expanding our own consciousness or awareness.
The words on the back cover of issue 9.1 explain this beautifully: I believe the act of making art can be an act of self-determination and empowerment. My paintings examine how in re-claiming, re-visioning, and re-membering ourselves as whole people, we bring our art, our action, and our voices to the world. We have to be able to imagine the world we want in order to achieve it. In our creative work, it is important that we notice and examine how awareness occurs on the path to finding a creative and critical voice. When we recognize that our place in the world is a part of larger social patterns, we can start to change those patterns to create the world we want to live in. — Helen Klebesadel.