Ageing as a woman is often not celebrated. We are shamed for our wrinkles, stretch marks, signs that we are growing and learning- signs of beauty. At Brenda, we want to CELEBRATE age, so that all of us feel liberated in our journeys to elder-hood. We can fight against our oppression, be liberated in our bodies as they grow and change, and know that the lies they tell us are not true- we are in fact beautiful in our wrinkles, in our age.
Introducing paintings by the incredibly talented Aleah Chapin, one of our artists for issue 5: STONE, who creates beautiful work about elder women. Scroll down to read more about
O N H E R W O R K
"The work I’m doing now began as my thesis project in graduate school in 2011. I was in a personal crisis with my work, not knowing who I wanted to paint or what I wanted to say. So I decided to start at the beginning and paint my mom and her friends, my aunties; this wonderful, wild, strong, group of women who raised me. Now, 8 years later, they are often still the subjects of my paintings, but to me it’s no longer about them as specific women, but embodiments of larger ideas about what it is to be human beings on this earth."
O N A G E A N D N U D I T Y
"I paint older women because they are invisible. They are also gorgeous, and their bodies tell stories that young women’s bodies don’t show yet. These particular women have a confidence, power, and playfulness to them that I strive for, and that I hope I can attain by the time I’m their age. The reason I paint people naked is because I’m not interested in painting human-made objects like clothing. Our clothes say so much about us on one level, yet on another, they are a mask. There is nothing more vulnerable than being naked, yet there is nothing more universal either. We all have a body and it’s through that body that we experience the world."
"I don’t want to sugarcoat my work; there’s a lot of darkness in our world right now. Yet I see a beauty that can only grown from this place. It’s often the most difficult experiences that teach us the most if we are able to face them, so there will always be beauty in the darkness if we are able to see it clearly."