An Artistic Ode to Artemisia Gentileschi
Cristine Blanco, Genevieve Busby,
Lucciana Caselli, Crystal Gwyn,
Megan Hinton, Penny Jones,
Emma Logan, Yetunde Olagbaju,
H. Esmé Park, Emily Villarma,
and Hannah Youngblood
First year MFA students respond to Artemisia Gentileschi's works, and its continued resonance in contemporary society. Gentileschi’s passionate, skillful and direct paintings incite, arose and compel to speak out; it comes as no surprise that her image of Judith beheading Holofernes flies as a banner for the #MeToo movement. Across varied media, the work responds to this call. They reiterate Judith’s revenge in painting and performance; retrace the female figure in solid and mutable states; mirror and fragment themselves in search of salvation; download and export revolutionary bodies and project them with applicable filters and screens. From the breast to the republic, these works speak of the body as a site of both resistance and creation, and, above all, as the origin of voice. Together, in chorus, we sing Artemisia.