On Thursday, June 16th, from 5-8pm, Lisa Marie Thalhammer will unveil her newest mural Women In Politics located on the rooftop of 1602 U street NW, Washington DC.
Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s Women In Politics mural celebrates the momentum of women in American politics and their keen ability to compromise and work together across party lines. Painted with spray enamel on brick wall, this work inspired by the political cartoons of artist Thomas Nast in the 1870’s, identifies the two dominant political parties in the United States with the head of an elephant representing the Republican Party the head of a donkey representing the Democratic Party. Facing each other head on with hands joined, the figures of two women in stylish red and blue power suits, dance a fine line between an arm wrestle and a serenade.
For the first time in the history of the United States we are closer to having a female President than ever before and Washington DC based visual artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer believes that this movement towards gender equality is reason for celebration.
Thalhammer states that “Women are still paid less than men for equal work. From international museums to local mural jams women artists are underrepresented. Repeatedly, when a woman is the most qualified person for the office or job they are discredited or overlooked. This is why electing women to political office is a radical, ground breaking and heroic campaign toward an equality that transcends the limitations of party politics.”
Lisa Marie Thalhammer is known for her striking and powerful portrait paintings, collages and murals depicting strong empowered women. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and has received multiple grants from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Notable publications such as Artnet News, US News World Report, The Washington Blade, and The New York Times in addition to numerous other local publications have written about or pictured her work. In September of 2014, she was pictured on the cover of The Washington Post Magazine Home and Design Issue painting in her historic O Street Artist Studio. Previous to settling in Washington in 2004, Thalhammer studied at The Art Institute of Chicago and Stafforshire University in England before receiving a BFA in painting with a women’s studies minor and art history concentration from the University of Kansas, where she received numerous awards and scholarships. She grew up in the St. Louis area attending Catholic girls schools and working at her family truck stop.
(via Lisa Marie Thalhammer. Photo courtesy of Lisa Marie Thalhammer.)