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Josephine Bentivegna

 

Location: 1228-A Prospect Ave. Brooklyn NY
Website:  josephinebentivegna.com

 

 

 

For the mere fact of my birth as female, I am a second class citizen and I have feelings about this.

Working has been about how to convey these feelings. Using various materials and collageing them together into a form has been a method I’ve employed often. The color, patterns, textures, combined with methods of rapping, weaving and layering form and inform the sculpture being made.

 

Since 2016, I’ve became hyper vigilant because of a very conservative and anti minority and anti women forces that has come to power in our government. My vigilance came in the form of watching nightly news and listening to public radio and political podcasts.

A few months ago, Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court. Christine Blasey Ford decided to stand up and tell her story about how Mr. Kavanaugh, when he was a very entitle youth, attacked her with the intention of rape.

As I set a watched the hearing memories of Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas came forward. I was hopeful though, that we all had progress since then. I was shocked and angered that we had not.

The Kavanaugh series of sculptured reliefs in clay, was begun while the hearing was being telavised. Their format is pictorial because I want to tell stories about the human beings meshed in this tragic drama. It will be a time before the series is completed. I begin with a collaged drawing to set a composition for the reliefs. Its seems that the drawings and the reliefs are having a relationship of some kind. I am not sure what it is though.