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Respect is not a scarce resource. / Le respect n’est pas une ressource rare.

2017 . 04 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Even though some people weirdly insist that it is.

Même si certaines personnes insistent bizarrement que c’est le cas.


Empathetic Magic opens on June 10th at the MT Burton Gallery in New Jersey. I’m blogging about the series as I make it here.


La magie empathique commence le 10 juin à la MT Burton Gallery dans le New Jersey. Je parle de la réalisation de la collection sur mon blog ici.



fat woman

Gwenn Seemel
Fat shaming on the grass (Rachele fitting in) / Fat shaming sur l’herbe (Rachele qui se cache)
2017
acrylic on bird’s eye piqué / acrylique sur coton piqué
18 inches in diameter / 46 centimètres de diamètre
(detail below / détail plus bas)



fat woman

The people who think that they are being oppressed when others ask them to stop being oppressors are often the same people who loudly proclaim their right to free speech without understanding what that right really means.

Les gens qui pensent qu’ils sont opprimés quand les autres leur demandent d’arrêter d’être oppresseurs sont souvent les mêmes personnes qui proclament leur droit à la liberté d’expression sans comprendre ce que cela signifie vraiment.



Edouard Manet's Luncheon on the grass 1863

Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the grass / Le déjeuner sur l’herbe d’Édouard Manet

I use other artists’ work as inspiration all the time and I especially like doing what I did here, remixing an old work for a modern audience and building up layers of meaning. I did that with American Gothic here and with The Kiss here.

J’utilise souvent les œuvres d’autres artistes comme inspiration et j’aime surtout le faire comme je l’ai fait ici, en mélangeant un ancien tableau avec des touches modernes pour créer plusieurs nouvelles significations. Je l’ai fait avec American Gothic ici et avec Le baiser ici.


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UN PEU SUR LE MÊME SUJET:
- Stopping racist or sexist behavior / Arrêter les comportements racistes ou sexistes
- Being a partner / Être partenaire
- Why I’m intimidating / Pourquoi je fais peur


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(3) Comments / Commentaires: Respect is not a scarce resource. / Le respect n’est pas une ressource rare.

-- Libby Fife -- 2017 . 04 . 24 --

Gwenn,

The series is looking good! I like too the references to other, older works-kind of ties things together nicely.

I have a suspicion that most people have an inability to simply acknowledge a wrong without dragging their own selves into the argument. I think it is a very basic lack of a specific communications based skill set-the ability to simply empathize with someone without needing to express your own viewpoint at the same time. Not sure if this makes sense but I feel like we don’t communicate effectively in this regard. People seem to be in a huge hurry to be heard when really, there is time enough for everyone. As you said, there should be no shortage of respect.

More good points. Thank you.
Libby

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 04 . 24 --

@Libby: That’s an interesting idea. Not to bring myself into it smile but I feel like I’ve gotten better about not doing that as I’ve gotten older and I think a lot of it has to to with feeling heard in my areas of my life—professionally and personally—so that I now longer need to make every conversation come back to me. So I wonder: is it that people aren’t feeling heard? Why now more so than at other times? Or is it more so? And how do we help them to feel heard so that they can listen better? I like this train of thought…

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-- Libby Fife -- 2017 . 04 . 24 --

Gwenn,

I like the train of thought too. I think it takes a some practice to not respond in a “self centered” way. And maybe as you say, the older you get and the more heard you feel, it gets better. I really do think it is an acquired communication skill and one which we don’t teach to children and adults. But, just like you said too, maybe people don’t feel heard enough today, though with all of the shouting and sharing, I wonder. Solid communication skills are so critical and we just don’t seem to have them.

It’s a great topic (for me anyway-ha ha!)so thank you.
Libby

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