The place of art in the contemporary world is significant, given the critical role it plays in creating awareness on different matters. Artists create profound expressions and images that captivate and express various human realities. Through imagery, they appeal to people's emotions creating engaging discourse platforms.
Female artists have often been looked down upon and have found themselves fighting for recognition in the mainstream arena. However, in the advent of globalization, women are using their platforms to uplift female artists. Joey Horn is one such kind of a woman; she is a die-hard supporter of women in art, who firmly believes in the cause of women supporting women. Joey has been ceaseless in championing women independence, education, and equality through establishing partnerships with organizations such as Mothers2Mothers. She has resolved to use her vast platforms to create awareness of successful female artists like Lin Tianmiao, Shilpa Gupta and Laylah Ali.
Shilpa Gupta is a female artist worthy of celebration for her role in fighting for the liberation of the Indian woman. In traditional Indian society, women who accepted to remain quiet in the background were looked at with admiration. However, Gupta has chosen to become the loud voice of liberation for these women through creating artworks that conspicuously showcase the power of women in public spaces. Her innovative approaches, such as video installations and sculptures, have been instrumental in breaking the barriers of exclusion.
Lin Tianmiao is among pioneer China-based female artists to be recognized internationally. She uses large scale artworks with a primary focus on gender roles in china. Using material that majorly depicts female responsibility, she has generated a conversation about the experiences of women. Her works provide new perspectives on gender roles and the normative beliefs about women across the world. Currently, she is participating in Galerie Lelong & Company's online exhibition that is seeking to showcase art safely and donating the proceeds to Heart To Heart International for Covid-19 relief support.
Laylah Ali is a visual artist whose artwork speaks boldly about contemporary relations between races. She concentrates on showcasing the effects of violence. With the world becoming increasingly violent, her artwork is very timely and essential in society. Drawing from her own experiences Laylah uses small scale paintings and paper drawings to communicate. 'Greenheads Series' is her most popular series. She is currently working on 'Acephalous' a collective title. She is an inspiration to the youth and her students at Williams College, where she is a professor.
Despite the above artists coming from different backgrounds, their desire to speak to the modern female experience is the cord that unites them. They remain the voice of women in art for the current and future generations.
Joey Horn grew up in New York and Paris. She schooled at Williams College and graduated in 1987. After school, Joey worked for a banking company in New York after which she went to further studies at Yale University; she acquired an MBA in 1991. She has served in many administrative positions in various organizations and has a wealth of experience in business and the corporate world. Currently, she is the managing director at Oak Management in Oslo, Norway. Joey Horn’s main interest is in the nonprofit sector through which she has served as a trustee at Williams College and the American University of Paris. She is a member of the Contemporary Arts council for the Asia Society in New York. She loves making a collection of contemporary Indian art, and sporting activities such as golf and tennis.