AN: How have alliances with marginalized groups helped inform your work?
DL: I have a huge network of allies that I reach out to for advice.
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By showing these characters with agency and interests outside of marriage, I want to undo some of the effects that the ‘damsel in distress’ narrative might have caused.
[Related: Explore the #nodamsel movement in Raleigh] AN: You study the societal treatment of women and have even presented your findings in Seoul, South Korea for TEDx. DL: My TEDx talk was about the marginalization of women in art history, and how this continues today.
For girls to be absorbing such problematic material, on repeat, at such a young age is a huge problem for me. DL: “No Damsel” creates alternative iconography for young girls.
DL: I think art is very, very slowly moving into a more positive place for women and POC.
The art market and auction houses need to become more inclusive, as well as the large art museums — they are holding onto the past tightly. AN: How does this body of work help to move society in that area?
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Privileging visibility of women of color and queer identities takes a precedent for me.