BIRDS OF A FEATHER SERIES - "GG" DS612023
Birds of a Feather collection
I created "GG" to recognize the efforts of the "Guerrilla Girls" - anonymous activists devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the art world. The Guerrilla Girls formed in 1985 in NYC to bring focus on the under representation of female artists, initiate dialogue and increase awareness and accountability within the art world. My cultural encounters and yours, have benefited by their endeavors to facilitate increased representation of women's artistic vision for all of us to experience.
Debra Aalsburg Smale
10.5"H x 7"W x 8"D
The body of work Debra refers to as “Birds of a Feather” is a collection she started while getting her MFA in the late 70’s. The collection’s work commemorates women: women of accomplishment, women in her family and friends. The pieces show gratitude to the women they represent, for their contributions, struggles, love and support. These creations have taken on many forms: metal and wood sculptures, paintings and most recently sculptural textile birds using repurposed materials.
About “Birds of a Feather” from Karen Vander Werp - Grand Rapids, MI K LINN Interiors Grand Rapids, MI:
Debra always has a deliberate message behind her creative projects. I love her mission to acknowledge women of accomplishment in the form of birds. From fabric, shapes and fringe detail to beads and leg materials all are selected with relevance depicting the women they represent. These selections define their purpose, personalities and accomplishments.