Disturbing and disheartening, the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court was a blatant show of elite power. It was a show of fellow misogynists propping up an accused sexual abuser and exonerating his crimes as the public looked on, powerless and ignored.
Listening to Christine Blasey Ford’s wavering voice as she gave her account of Kavanaugh’s abuse was painful and heartbreaking, but far too familiar. In my gut, I feel that if Ford was a man telling this story of abuse, there would have been some form of validation. The women sitting there probably would have believed him and the white men present would have sympathized. It seems that when a woman starts to tell her story of pain and suffering, the blinders go up, the earplugs go in, and her words are dismissed… a convenient response to justify more abuse yet to come. The belief that women are unimportant in this country is so deep-seated, I wonder if we will ever be able to undo it. It is a constant struggle, as is the struggle faced by people of color and all those defined at birth as “lesser than” within the white patriarchal social structure.
With this painting, I make permanent the perpetual strength of women and minorities to be the fierce resisters against a blatantly corrupt and self-serving imperial power. We see this resilience in the record numbers of women volunteers who signed up to Run For Something, an organization helping women to run for local office. Christine Blasey Ford is a hero for standing up to an overpowering, unjust force, despite public ridicule. I Never Preferred Blondes is a thank you to her for sustaining our hope and conviction to resist. Her stand has inspired ordinary women to run for office, become leaders, and topple the misogynists who have been in power for far too long.
I Never Preferred Blondes was part of a brilliant all woman show, X Marks the Spot, held at the New York Studio School in August, 2018. Its mission was to level the playing field and offer an equal platform to women artists to show their work since only 25 – 35% of women have gallery representation. A brilliant article about the show and debate about all women shows can be read on Hyperallergic.
Niki Singleton is a Canadian drawer, painter, and found material sculptor based in Brooklyn. Visit her website to learn more.