it’s an ugly scene inside of me

I recently posted the below comment on an e-blast that I sent out regarding an upcoming show in NYC.  A gallery owner in NC thought the language in my e-blast was “very unladylike”.   Was he offended at my use/visual of the word ‘butt’ or was he more offended by my political leanings?  Or was he simply being patronizing?  I’ve never liked being called a lady.  Growing up in the south the word ‘lady’  has the taint of misogyny attached to it.   I much prefer woman or simply artist will do.

“There are times when I pull my head out of the butt of my existence and I look around at what is going on in the world and I blink … and I blink again … and I rub my eyes … and I think- who are WE?
And I vacillate between wanting anarchy and sympathizing with the powerful and monied, and with that, I put my head back in the sand, knowing that I’m an impotent, small and effectual citizen. Warmed and coddled by the same society that I can’t bear to watch because it feels like a train wreck, like we’ve collectively gone off our meds and think we’re acting normal.

And then like some OCD disorder take-over I’m hit again with my constant to-do list:
1. remind people that I’m still inexplicably creating art
2. pretend, pretend and pretend again
Yet, here it is all the same. My struggle between feeling compassion,impotence, selfishness, powerlessness and ambitious; coupled with the constant pull I feel to create beauty/symmetry.

It’s an ugly scene inside of me… am I the only one to feel this cognitive dissonance?

Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art will be presenting a group show I’m in called ‘Sorry 4 the wait’ at 122 w. 26th St. btwn 6th and 7th Ave., NY, NY. The reception is Thursday, Nov. 17th 6-9pm.”


About Margaret Withers

Margaret Withers’ has shown her artwork in group and solo shows in New York City and nationwide, and internationally in Brussels, Australia, Berlin, China, Vienna and Russia. She has also exhibited at The Drawing Center in New York City, Monmouth Museum in New Jersey, MarinMOCA in California and Attleboro Museum in Massachusetts. Her art and art mashups have been featured in multiple journals including the New England Review, Alexandria Quarterly and the Library as Incubator Project. Her paintings range from the abstract to surreal, to expressionism and landscapes, to investigations of the culture and ideas surrounding ‘home’, communication, machinery, monsters and translation. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections, including Truninger AG in Zurich, Switzerland. She is represented by Arcilesi | Homberg Gallery in New York City, William Baczek Fine Art in Northampton, MA and C Emerson Fine Art in Tampa Florida. She lives and paints in Manhattan, New York.
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