!Brazen Hussy is a project, rather than a specific piece. It is an online gallery devoted exclusively to bold and forward-thinking women artists whose voices are generally silenced in traditional venues. We want them to be seen and heard with pride, hopefully to influence other women artists to be visible as well, and to establish a tradition of honoring the female body as seen and experienced by women. Although museums and galleries are beginning to recognize some women artists, those who show bold, unflinching work are generally rejected. Several years ago two Brazen Hussies decided to make these extraordinary works visible in an online gallery entitled: !Brazen Hussy. Ruth Waters and Corinne Whitaker decided to give voice and space to the courageous female artists who were challenging male norms. The venue chosen was the Digital Giraffe pioneering eZine, now in its 25th year as an award-winning online art and culture space. Presented at http://www.giraffe.com, one of the earliest holders of a single-word domain and winner of 2 Golden Web Awards as well as an Academic Excellence Award and a Best in Cyber Art Award, the Digital Giraffe has now featured over 40 women artists who have defied convention in a gallery devoted exclusively to them. These artists are archived continuously for the edification of educators, art lovers, collectors, artists, and students.
giraffe.com is a free and ad-free venue receiving roughly 750,000 hits annually and visited by 198 nations worldwide. We are proud to advocate and promote the work of these artists in an online publication devoted to outstanding art with an emphasis on women, including a space for older women online (Vintage Women http://www.giraffe.com/gr_vintage.html and a page offering news of and about
We WILL be seen. We WILL be heard. We WILL excel!
Corinne Whitaker is a pioneering digital artist, who for 41 years has exhibited around the world in over 60 solo shows and 250 group shows. She is the author of 30 books of digital painting and poetry, a composer of music using A.I., a digital sculptor and 3D printing pioneer, and the creator of a new iconography of vision for a digital age. Her solo exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, CA. is entitled “Leaves of Glass.” She is also the founder, author, programmer, designer, and editor of the Digital Giraffe online eZine, now in its 25th year of continuous monthly publication.
Ruth Waters, project collaborator, worked for fifty-plus years as a sculptor, and for thirty-five years in arts administration. She combined her experience as the founder and executive director of the Peninsula Museum of Art, located in Burlingame and serving the Greater Bay Area in Northern California until it’s closure due to the scheduled demolition of its building. Fortunately, the PMA website is expanding (like all the other art museums’ websites) and plans to have changing exhibitions online. Of the 29 artists who had studios in PMA (Waters included), twelve have found space in Arts Bias (Redwood City Art Center), a complex of artists’ studios in San Carlos, CA. The rest are scattered – but are surviving and creating.