It’s October 11th, 2019. I’m just about to have a pumpkin carving party at my home in Kamloops, BC with a house full of warmth, music, food and talented women artists.
A little over two weeks ago I decided I wanted to start celebrating the women artists in my community in some way. The amount of beautifully talented artists in my community has always impressed me and it’s always shocked me how under-rated they can be.
Being a woman today has it’s challenges. Heck being a human is an everyday struggle. I feel when the universe decides you’re an artist, it doesn’t give you the entire job description. It doesn’t tell you that your need to create will consume most of your anxieties, dreams and aspirations. It doesn’t tell you the roller coaster of emotions that comes along with the creative process.
Here I will be telling you the stories of many amazing young women who’ve persevered making art despite how difficult it is to remain creatively active in our insanely busy and competitive world.
PS Lana Del released a song last year with the title ‘Hope is a Dangerous Thing For a Woman Like Me to Have’. The title itself was enough to grab me. As I read into the song, I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the Lana rabbit hole. I couldn’t help but feel as if this song was a response to the anxiety and responsibility that has come with her fame and life choices. Or perhaps the anxiety and responsibilities the come with the everyday struggles, pressures and responsibilities that is being an artist and a woman.
— Lindsey Tyne Johnson