Artist: Kimberley Harding
Title: Pussyhat Basket
Attribution: Pussyhat Basket (2018) Kimberley Harding
Materials: Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, silk fabric, ribbon
Dimensions: 10" w x 12" d x 9" h
Image Statement: I began this work in response to the Pussyhat movement and refined it in response to the #MeToo movement. The cathead basket is an elegant vessel containing the shock, fear and anger I experienced during and after the 2016 election. I was gratified by the outpouring of solidarity among women, which continued with the #MeToo movement. Yet I felt unconscious pressure to join this movement. Not all women are ready to share their experiences of violation with the worldwide audience. For some the abuse is too fresh, too painful to reveal. Women need not sacrifice their privacy and mental health to further an important movement. And that’s all I’m going to say.