From the New York Times:
“In 2002, Betty Tompkins sent a message to her mailing list asking for words and phrases that described women. She received more than 3,500 responses in 10 languages, equally split between men and women. The answers became the series “WOMEN Words, Phrases and Stories,” which will eventually include 1,000 individual word paintings.
“In 2002, three of the most common replies were ‘mother,’ ‘bitch’ and ‘slut.’ In 2013, I sent out the message again, and this time I said the answers would be anonymous. I was curious if that made a difference. It did. People didn’t just send me a list of words, they told whole stories, which were fascinating and sort of awful to read. And those three words that were repeated in 2002 were repeated again. I thought that was amazing. Basically, this is the way the world thinks about women. The difference now is that we’ve become more sensitive to the words and how they play out in real life. We’ve never seen such an example of plain-old misogyny — as well as embedded misogyny from women — as we did in 2016. You can’t escape the political implication of this piece.”
The exhibition at WAAP will feature about 60 Women’s Words paintings. Please contact email@example.com for sales or press inquiries.
All images courtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W, New York