If you had a place of your own, what would it be? A Place of Her Own is a residency/workshop program where 15 women artists, mainly Asian-American, ages 25 – 72, have been creating art to find answers to that question. Their work will be exhibited from May 19 through June 30 at the Manilatown Heritage Cultural Center in San Francisco.
Led by Cynthia Tom, the founder and director of A Place of Her Own, the artists have explored their family patterns, belief systems, identity issues, and personal traumas through a semester-long program of intuitive art-making and visual meditation. They have expressed their visions using found objects, photography, collage and other media. Curated by Cynthia Tom & Maggie Yee, the exhibit will include a sound sculpture, a knitted landscape, thought-provoking baby jars, and more.
As Cynthia Tom points out, “Women, through necessity and parental or cultural training, learn to compromise themselves. Women often set aside their own needs to support others. Rarely have women learned to reclaim a place of their own, metaphorically or physically. A Place of Her Own lets women discover a place which is bound by the imagination and nothing more.”
At the Opening Night celebration of the exhibit on Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m., visitors will have an opportunity to sample this creative process by participating in three self-guided art-making workstations.
A Place of Her Own is a project of the Asian American Women Artists Association. The exhibit is presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center as part of their 19th annual United States of Asian America Festival and by the San Francisco Arts Commission.