A Note on Process
These portraits were painted from photographs of women at work in sweatshop industries gathered from many sources including National Geographic magazine. Several can be found in a series of books written for children in the geography section of the White Salmon Public Library in White Salmon, Washington.
Many of the portraits of women in this exhibit were painted on the fabric of dresses and shirts purchased at second-hand stores. When possible, I used the dress made in a country for the background of the woman's portrait. The women from Indonesia, for example, was painted on a dress sewn in Indonesia. In other cases, such as China and Colombia, the design on the cloth suggested to me the nationality of the woman. Bandanas are the background of two of the paintings. The flag pattern in the USA portrait was on the bandana made in China. The images are embedded in the cloth pattern as the women are imprisoned by the economic conditions of corporate and industrial globalization. But each portrait is of an individual person whose hopes and dreams are as worthy as our own.