Miss. Mrs. Ms. Series
Vintage images of smiling women are blended with layers of mixed media. Sister Holly Temple notes, “At first, the work appears effervescent, but on closer inspection we see how they have been ripped apart and reassembled.” The work reminds the viewer that women must routinely repair the damage of discrimination – patching psychic, spiritual and physical wounds – thereby raising questions of female significance over time. Ashlee Temple adds, “Women adapt to a continually shifting American culture that is sometimes progressive but currently retrograde.” As the viewer uncovers layers of narrative, the work ultimately invokes women’s survival and vitality in spite of perennial threats.