Slow Burn

Rosemary Meza- DesPlas
43″ x 55″ x 1/2″
hand-sewn human hair, specialty fabric, mylar and canvas

These artworks are part of the series titled Jane Anger from 2018-2019. Jane Anger refers to a
British writer who published the pamphlet Jane Anger, Her Protection for Women in the 16th century. “Every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those
oppressions, personal and institutional, which brought that anger into being.” In her 2007
keynote speech at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Audre Lorde spoke
about anger being “a powerful source of energy serving progress and change.” The series Jane
Anger explores the concept of anger as a tool for change by juxtaposing found imagery from
social media, art history, and mass media. I am interested in how social movements such as
Women’s Marches, Black Lives Matter, and #MeToo harnessed anger in order to forefront an
array of gender-based burdens.