Women “depressed” over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s failure last November can view “inspirational art” to bolster their deflated spirits. Public Radio arts reporter Willis Ryder Arnold of St. Louis, Missouri (KWMU-FM) interviewed the artist of the project, using tax payer-funded air time to promote the display.
The project is called “And Still I Rise,” designed to empower women in the Trump era.
Arnold was promoting a showing for Bunny Burson, a progressive artist and Clinton devotee. Burson created a display that is a “metaphor for the future” that may have been, creating artwork using the iridescent confetti that would have fallen in New York’s Javits Center on Election Night, if Clinton had managed to win the presidency.
Burson told NBC that she’d been at the Javits Center, “waiting for the symbolic shattering of the glass ceiling and the shard like confetti to fall down on us.” She said she left the center on election night at 2am, feeling “profound emptiness.”
“I wanted to fill that emptiness with hope,” she said, and used Hillary’s unneeded confetti “to inspire the next generations of little girls and young women to dream big and to act on their dreams.”
After nearly 200-pounds of unused confetti were removed from air cannons, it was boxed up. Burson was able to track it down, and she used it to create “And Still I Rise,” a sculpture named after a book of poetry by Maya Angelou.
It’s presented in a window of the Bruno David Museum in Clayton, Missouri, and includes the pieces of shiny confetti which were chosen for its resemblance to shards of broken glass. The shards swirl around in the gallery’s window, similar to the way confetti falls in a snow globe.
Burson reportedly hopes to “grow her project,” and support progressive women candidates ahead of the 2018 elections. Burson’s exhibit will travel to Colorado in December, and she has plans to make 1,000 snowglobes with the remaining confetti to sell. The funds will be donated to Planned Parenthood, to help women who have big plans to end the lives of their unborn babies.
Arnold interviewed Burson for St. Louis Public radio.
You can see a video of the “art” in action below.
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