Stripe MEN – Anna Sofia Amezcua

117 Walnut Ave
Santa Cruz, 95060
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anna Sofia Amezcua
The The The The (Women, Gods, Seeds, Fruit)

Our history of masculine-driven actions has brought us to the precipice, and it is impossible to deny that our social structures, for human and nature alike, are untenable. It is imperative that we find more balanced ways of being. Through powerful and intimate expressions of femininity that delve beneath the surface to encourage and validate deep emotionality and the strength in vulnerability, I celebrate what has been culturally sidelined as ‘feminine’. In this, I seek more nuanced and inclusive expressions of gender and power that embrace the full and infinite spectrum and variety.

This body of work: The The The The (Women, Gods, Seeds, Fruit) is part of an ongoing musing on the myth of Persephone and Hades, which feels particularly apt during the fall season, and which has come more intensely into focus for me during the recent Ford/Kavanaugh hearings. This work is about the deep wounds and dysfunctions we are grappling with as a society around how we relate to each other sexually, emotionally, and politically. It’s about finding ways to heal my own and all women’s traumas. It’s about my desire to have ever more compassion for everyone, including perpetrators. It’s about continuing to love fiercely, joyfully, and playfully, and to hold many paradoxes together, at once. It’s about the riches we compost from the muck, the jewels we find in the underworld and in embracing our shadow — the shadow that, like it or not, we are vigorously confronting as a collective.