joy and fury
joy and fury was initially inspired by a book, "When God Was A Woman" by Merlin Stone during a 2017 summer trip to Salem, MA. Salem is, of course, the quaint Puritan town that became notorious for the intense hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials, which led to over 200 accusations and brutal murders of 20 people.
"When God Was A Woman" chronicles the suppression of women's rites/rights over time beginning with the invasion of Judeo-Christian ideology in ancient Africa and the Middle East. While reading, it became painfully apparent that this cycle of fear and hysteria has followed women, especially powerful women, since time immemorial.
joy and fury aims to explore the complexities of woman-ness in our society; the wonders and strength that seem to emanate from all women while we simultaneously writhe against the constricting bonds of patriarchy that has tightly wound itself around us. Women have become masters of moving in, around and through these forced dualities and dichotomies.
We are both joyous and furious.
photo by Lynn Lane Photography