When Caged Birds Sing
An installation of nine life-size sculptures that represent current day heroines for Women’s Rights
“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, or so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.”
Though we live in an era in which advances continually improve the lives of many, still in our time women worldwide suffer as second class citizens, judged by medieval laws, punished by barbaric customs and denied their basic human rights.
Domestic abuse, sex trafficking, date rape, kidnapping, transphobia, female genital mutilation, honor killings, denial of educational opportunities and the selling of child brides, create insufferable conditions for countless women.
The sculpture installation “When Caged Birds Sing” focuses on the stories of eight women who have each endured the pain of physical, psychological or/and emotional abuse because of their gender and who have survived and bravely gone on to advocate for change on behalf of other women who are still at risk.
I tell the stories of these incredible women in the hope that their voices will be heard, their suffering will be seen, and that more of the world will rise up to prevent the abuses they have endured, which are still inflicted on their mothers, sisters, and daughters.