Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
Everything You Will Be
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Everything You Will Be

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16” x 20”
Acrylic, ink, spray paint, pencil on wood board
2024

 

Inspired by the powerful words and live performance of Katie Makkai’s poem, Pretty, the artist created two pieces on wood panel drawing parallels between the medium’s solid exterior and the “hard truth” the author speaks about in her poem.  

In this particular piece, the artist was struck by the following lines that end Katie Makkai’s poem: this is about my own some-day daughter, when you approach me, already stung-stayed with insecurity, begging ‘Mom, will I be pretty? Will I be pretty?’ I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer, No! The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, and no child of mine will be contained in five letters. You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing. But you, will never be merely ‘pretty’.

The compelling way in which Katie Makkai plans to de-centre her daughter's focus on her physical appearance was delivered with such passion it can almost be mistaken for anger, but the intensity behind this message is rooted in a deep love the author wants to show her own daughter and send her the message that her appearance is the least interesting thing about her - a message that Katie Makkai never received for herself.

The artist traced her lips with paint and imprinted them onto the wood board to suggest the love and affection that comes from a mother’s wishes, while also referencing the inappropriate sexualization of girls at a young age. The sentiment of the word “cheap” is echoed throughout this piece in reference to “cheap lipstick” as narrated by the author, but also as a nod to how women’s value being tied to their appearances and not their aspirations, achievements, personality or sense of character has “cheapened” and reduced women's value to being tied to their appearances. 

Listen to Katie Makkai’s poem, Pretty here

 

 

The VOICES (That’s What She Said) collection is a celebration of the way women have used their words and voices to empower themselves and others. This collection was exhibited as an audio-visual immersive experience at the McMaster research-based performance LIVELab theater in Hamilton, Ontario during Hamilton Arts Week in which the theater was converted into a gallery space where original works of art were displayed in tandem with streaming audio featuring the recorded voice of the original woman speaker. 

The chatter of all the voices over the speakers at once created a sense of chaos and confusion, prompting attendees to ask themselves the questions: Whose voices are you giving your attention to? Whose voices deserve more or less attention? How do you discern who you’re listening to when confronted with an overwhelming amount of noise? In a time when social media and mainstream media has the potential to distract from the important messages that women are eager to share with the public, the VOICES (That’s What She Said) audio-visual immersive exhibition acts as a physical reenactment of the media platforms in which women’s voices are either being elevated or dismissed, depending on the audience.

At the risk of overpowering the valuable and impactful messages behind each woman’s monologue, speech or poetry, the artist has decided to depart from her usual format of accompanying her original pieces with poetry of her own, and instead is focusing on communicating the intention behind each work as it was inspired by the words of another woman. 

The artist highly encourages the viewer to listen to the original speaker’s voice as she delivers the words she is speaking to a public audience, and where possible, links to purchase the original speaker’s work are provided. By choosing to listen to the words spoken by women through this collection and through other forms of media, the viewer/listener is contributing to elevating women’s voices. Women have value. Their words hold weight. Their experiences matter. After years of existing with the primary purpose of being “seen”, it is time for women to take up more space in platforms that allow us to be seen AND heard.

 

More info about this product:

This painting is on wood panel, ready to hang. This painting comes with an artist statement and signature. If you purchase this painting you will be contacted by the artist for more information about pick-up options in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, or delivery/shipping information. 
*Decorative frame not included*

Please note that the buyer is responsible for any shipping charges and/or for picking up the painting, but the artist (or gallery) will facilitate the process by obtaining quotes, packaging the product safely, and bringing it to a shipping centre at no extra cost. Reach out to the artist directly through the Contact page for any inquiries regarding this piece.

*This is an original painting by Tania LaCaria, there is only one in the world. Frame not included.*