At the website http://www.neworleansonline.com/Menge.htm
I found the work of Evelyn Menge. She made public art installations that
represented her environment and experience living in New Orleans. She
"Having been an avid observer of our rich and diverse culture,
my artwork is about roots - my own, my city's and even the weeds
that I pull out of my garden."
I feel that the simple things that she noticed around the city, like street
signs, were familiar to everyone and also represented the heritage of her
At the website http://www.locusplus.org.uk./sulter.html
Aimee found the work of Maud Sulter. In a sort of documentary called
Plantation, she videotaped reconstructive surgery on her own womb. She
"Too many women loose their womb unnecessarily to the whims
and prejudices of phallocentric gynaecology so it was a pleasure
to be able to share my physical and spiritual empowerment through
the production of Plantation."
The video was accompanied by poetry that ran as an installation with film
stills in a gallery. I think this type of work raises the question of
"life experience" or "art."
The work of these women is integrated into their lives so much that one may
not be able to distinguish between when they are "just living life" or
"creating art." Does there actually have to be a distinction?