I was excited to hear how Harmony Hammond's personal experience as a female artist during the feminist movement of the 60's and 70's influenced how her work developed over the years. Though I did find her content and concepts very interesting I wished she had spoken more about the connection to her personal experiences. As an apparel designer I found her work with fabric and reference to the female figure especially relatable. I was intrigued most by her reference to traditional female roles with the rugs and needlework. The suggestion that these domestic acts are in some ways demeaning was relevant at one point in time however, in our current age I feel it no longer has the same impact. As someone who uses sewing and needlework as a form of expression and a chosen career path, this idea is almost offensive and I think her play on traditional domestic female roles could be revisited.
I found the idea of building a painting from the inside out a compelling concept. Especially when related to skin and the human body. Prior to hearing her speak, her work did not have the same impact for me. When standing alone her work, though beautiful and intriguing, did not translate her concepts nearly as deeply as her talk did.