(White) fem uh nist 2005.
Cross stitch in memory box.
This green memory box with purple cross stitched text was created in the traditional colours of the women’s movement. It is a celebration of this, but also the word ‘feminist’ is written to show the phonetic way it is said about a woman who is seen as over-bearing and angry. The work is both a celebration of the justifiably “angry feminist” but also an acknowledgement of the shortcomings of such an image in creating social change. A regular criticism of feminism is that it is dominated by white (usually middle class) women who speak as if their experiences (as white women) are representative of all women. This accusation says too often their race is invisible, thereby excluding black women and other women of colour. The white text on the white background saying “white” is an acknowledgment that the creator of the work is a white feminist who is attempting to acknowledge her race and its inherent white privilege but at the same time she, like most of white Australia, can unknowingly live with their white privilege in everyday society where their race is treated as the norm and thereby stays invisible.