The Call is Coming From Inside the House (2022/2024)

The Call is Coming From Inside the House (2022/24) is a conceptual exploration of the role that complacency, distractedness, and influencer culture might play in the erosion of women’s rights in the United States. 

My feminist identity was born at the age of 11 when I read about–and saw photos of–the 1978 March on Washington for the Equal Rights Amendment. Seventies pop culture icons (Maude, Mary Tyler Moore, Billy Jean King) made me believe “I am woman, hear me roar,” but the fight and subsequent failure to ratify the ERA taught me that in the eyes of the law, the battle was ongoing.

With this series, I combine images that I made of women on the streets of Los Angeles and New York with photos of text appropriated from the messaging that surrounds us: billboards, directional signage, graffiti, etc. Inspired by the art of Barbara Kruger, I use declarative statements and incorporate clichéd or seemingly dumbed-down directives as a means to sound an alarm. The resulting photographic composites, which were created by layering individual black and white and color images, utilize sarcasm and thinly-veiled anger to question whether *post-feminism theory of the 1990s combined with the advent of social media and the rise of online influencers enforced the idea that equality among the sexes had been achieved and women’s legal rights permanently protected.

One of the first signs of a democracy in decline is the curbing of women’s rights. The United States is backsliding and there is no time to be tired or unfocused; though, issue fatigue is real. With this work, I invite viewers to critically analyze their own positions and consider the consequences of inaction.

*A discourse popularized by the mass media in the 1990s reflecting a reaction against the feminist theories of the 1970s and 1980s, often on the basis that the ‘battle of the sexes’ is over. – Oxford Reference