We asked 11 women visual artists at the 2019 phenomenal women in philly event what being phenomenal meant to them, and why it was important for women to collaborate more.
Take a look at some of their answers below:
“To be a phenomenal woman is to be extraordinary, purposeful, and unique. A woman whose presence is drastically different than of her counterparts, yet is always impactful. She is a genuine and strong force in every encounter. She is confident, resilient with every endeavor, and remarkable.”
“To embody the essence of a phenomenal women is to constantly amaze everyone including yourself. If your performance doesn’t amaze yourself every time, something is missing. Artists should constantly create to astonish. It is important for women to continue to collaborate to show this sometimes oppressive world that we are capable of the unimaginable.”
“To me, being a phenomenal woman means not only being confident & unapologetic with who you are, but also uplifting other women to feel the same about themselves.
It’s SO important for women to collaborate because in this male-dominated industry, so much is taken from women who are trying to succeed, by the men who currently have the power. We need to show them we don’t need to sacrifice who we are to get where we belong, at the top!”
“I strongly believe in collaboration. I think it is important to bring people in when you have access to a space that your counterparts might not be privy to. Collaborating allows for great ideas to be continuously generated while also providing something for other people to be a part of. I think it is really important for women to collaborate and we need to do more of it. Many women do not have access to the spaces/areas where great things are created. As a woman, it’s important for me to leave the door open to others that might not have even known that door existed. I think that collaboration leads to more opportunities for those involved and that’s why women need to actively seek out ways to bring other women in.”
“What being a phenomenal women means to me is simply being your true authentic self while walking in love everyday. I like to think of myself as a very sensitive, passionate, and loving person. I pay close attention to details when it’s comes to anything circling the idea of love. I’m not perfect, but I’m willing to learn, keep trying, go through experiences, and have it shape into my being. Whether it’s self, platonic, romance, short-lived, or unconditional; it all matters and means so much more. I go by a motto of never letting this world turn me cold, but to respond with love.
It’s very important for women to collaborate together because someone could bring something uniquely different or open up a new perspective that wasn’t initially intended. We are unstoppable when we unite. It’s cheesy to say, but we can learn so much from one another and possibly help each other with creating amazing stories.”
“I think it’s super important for women to collaborate more because of the stigma surrounding women in art, especially when it comes to modeling. Society teaches us to be in competition with each other CONSTANTLY. Women should be helping each other rise up rather than trying to tear each other down, and by collaborating more it definitely helps break through that stigma. Women share a lot of the same struggles in the art field and working with one another I feel definitely breeds some beautiful art as well as friendships. Nothing better than women empowering women.”
“Being a phenomenal woman means to never lose touch with your inner self (your essence; the soulful qualities of yours that no one could ever reach let alone alter).
Being a phenomenal woman means to seek, to create, to speak, and to play so freely and so far away from every “should” and every “must” you have ever heard or been subjected to.
Being a phenomenal woman can simply mean to “be” outside the boundaries of prepackaged notions about who you are, how you should be, and when you should be.”
Being a phenomenal woman means being effortlessly extraordinary by force of nature. It means what ever may challenge us we work hard to overcome it and make it our strengths.
We live in a world that has constantly tried to divide us by pinning us against each other but I’ve learned over the years that we are more powerful when we work together. We can accomplish so much more when we bring all of our gifts together.
I feel like being a phenomenal woman is being a person who can create something that is bigger than themselves and someone who can navigate through this often times intense world with kindness and positivity. To be able to take from this harsh reality and make something beautiful is the capability of a phenomenal woman
Being apart of an identity that is marginalized socially, sexually, politically, and being that we do often times face violence because of our identification, I think it’s important that we as sisters create safe inclusive spaces of solace as much as possible. This way we can celebrate and stand in solidarity while at the same time be resources for each other.
It’s important that woman collaborate because communication is the first thing that sparks change. The nature of collaborative art is very engaging and it functions like a conversation. There’s compromising and learning when to assert yourself and when to let someone else have a spot light.
Inherently, Art is political. Artists are trying to say something and engage an audience, and there’s no better way to do that then include many strong voices.
Being a phenomenal woman means being me. Just being a women stamps us with pure dopeness. Women are the warriors, and that fact alone is why we should she build on that momentum together. It’s important to collaborate with women because it’s all about energy transfer. When women get together there’s undeniable magic that fills the air. Instead of constantly going toe-to-toe, I rather work along side my sisters hand-in-hand. What’s better than one dope chick? A tribe of dope chicks.