This artist’s herstory was introduced by filmmaker Emma Windsor who is inspired by Cegavske’s exploration of ‘love, death and everything beautiful and terrifying about the natural world’.
Rosy Wilson has decades of experience of working in education with women of all ages and backgrounds. She always said she would retire an write poetry and with the support of a small group of women poets she has written and published several books and anthologies and led a collaboration which produced a film.
There’s a temptation to aspire to be ‘one of the lads’ and hope that no-one will notice that we are female and will judge our work on it’s own merit. But the art world is dominated by men at a high level and programmers and curators might say ‘we’ve got one of those this season’ which they might not say about ‘straight, white, middle-class men’. If we accept that challenges exist, we can start working with other women towards equality.
We want to celebrate the ‘cracks’ as often we only have those times and spaces to work in. We also value the work we make in collaboration, in the spaces between each other. The title of the project is adapted from a piece written by Rosy Wilson, entitled ‘Finding Room to Write in the Cracks of Family Life’ She wrote about the difficulty of finding time, even in retirement.
“What we need to do as women artists… is to take chances, not to trivialise what we are doing to please the picture buying public. We need to push our skills to the extreme and not fret if those skills are not all that we desire, or be surprised if we are not loved”