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Jo Ann Block: Pushing back Against Age and Gender

Jo Ann Block: Pushing back Against Age and Gender

“Historically, butch women fought for this identity,” Block says, “and it’s significant to hold on to.” Those who still identify as butch, then, are an "elite group" and represent “the few.” They are “proud,” she adds, “Because it takes guts to live ones entire life outside the gendered margins as a butch woman who does not identify as femme or trans but somewhere along the spectrum in between.” Read More
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The Universal Human Urge To Mark

The Universal Human Urge To Mark

As an artist I have long been fascinated by the universal human urge to connect through mark making, particularly the ancient pictographs our ancestors created in caves around the world. Eager to learn more, in the summer of 2015 I traveled to Spain and France to view the ancient markings and etchings in 11 cave sites, including the Lascaux Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I continued the following year with a hard trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia, where I saw marks dating to nearly 40,000 BC, currently considered one of the oldest marks in the world. Most recently, I traveled in October 2017 to Namibia, Africa, to explore the culture of the indigenous San tribes and examine their rock art. Read More
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