If art is pure thought, “Justice Bell“ is pure unconscious cerebration based on a shared praxis. This co-authored work based on women of the suffrage movement spans several genres, sculpture, installation, printmaking and textiles. The work is the first artistic partnership by sibling artists Damian and Alina who come from two disparate fields. Damian is a multifaceted artist/ sculptor and Alina a textile artist. Each one playing a crucial role in the ideation for this work that was born without constraints, through experimentation, and out of the vast reserves of their collective memory.
Justice Bell is the untold story of an icon of the women's suffrage movement. Establish Justice were words engraved on the bell, its clapper was chained to its side, not to be rung until women were silenced no more.
The forerunner feminists of the suffrage movement were accused of being masculine. To deflect this impression, women in the movement were encouraged to wear white and use delicate fabrics. White was used by the women during demonstrations, parades as a symbol of purity.
At the Studio
Purple is one of the colors of the women's suffrage movement. The National Woman's Party in the US used the purple, white, and gold color combination. Purple was used as the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, and unswerving steadfastness to a cause.
To obtain this yellow gold that mimics the color of a sunflower, we mixed citrine and gold silkscreen colors.
This installation is a collaboration between siblings artists Alina and Damian
Social disancing in the studio during the pandemic of 2020
The Liberty Bell announced the creation of democracy and the women's Justice Bell announced the completion of democracy...Ruschenberger, 1915.
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Cats were used as symbols for anti-suffrage ads in the US. In the mainstream culture of the 1900s, women were associated with pussy cats and passivity.
Yellow (gold) was associated with the national women’s suffrage movement and symbolized “the color of light and life, the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.” Gold and white were the only colors that all US suffrage organizations used.
Justice Bell, Damian Rojo and Alina Rojo