Words of Security
hand-cut stencil, spray paint, paper
14′ x 7′
Collaboration with Janet George: Tradition or Torment
antique potato mashers, string
12’ x 14’
Stephanie Rond is a Columbus, Ohio based street artist. She attended Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. Recently her solo show Dangerous Impermanence was awarded one of the Best Exhibits of 2014 in the Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Alive. Stephanie also represented all of North America in “She’s a Leader”, a street art project created by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society based in Paris, France. Stephanie is the director of the Carnegie Gallery, Columbus Metropolitan Main Library and a curator for organizations such as the Columbus Cultural Arts Center and the Pages Program at Wexner Center for the Arts. In addition she is co-founder of Creative Arts of Women (CAW), founder of the website Women Street Artists and owns several galleries.
Statement for Words of security
In September of last year, I created an installation piece for my Dangerous Impermanence exhibition where the audience was asked to write messages on pink paper, fold the paper into airplanes and include them in the piece. I’ve recycled those airplanes for this installation.
I have removed the names and personal information and only included the messages. Some of the messages were too intimate to share, so in honor of protection, they have also been removed.
As I opened and read over 300 written paper planes, I discovered the beauty in the words of encouragement, shout-outs, quotes, humor and love. I came to the conclusion that these words were security, not just for the writer or for the person the words were intended for, but that they offered a message of security to all of us that kindness and love still prevails.
Thank you to the hundreds of writers that contributed to this piece, I’m glad we all share the same blanket.
Statement for tradition or torment
“Tradition or Torment?” consists of over 500 antique wooden potato mashers united by a glossy red string. Each potato masher represents an individual woman while the red string is the embodiment of our own discussions of the ‘Red Tent’ and the respite and community women found there.
The ‘Red Tent’ represents a place where women were historically, and in some cultures are still today, secluded from society while menstruating or giving birth. In many cultures and religions (eastern and western) women were seen as unclean, or not pure, during these times. Although the concept of the ‘Red Tent’ is grounded in oppression and menstrual taboos, for many women the time of their menstruation provided a hiatus from their normal domestic labors and the ‘Red Tent’ became a place in which they find mutual support and encouragement from their mothers, sisters and aunts. Through our artwork we symbolize the connection between women and the support and nurturing of women to women despite what was considered their un-cleanliness.
In modern western society the effects of the ‘Red Tent’ and other menstrual taboos still exist and continue to impact our lives today. Through our strength in the belief of equal communities, we will continue to fight against the marginalization of women and girls.