Overall I enjoyed listening to Harmony Hammond's talk about her work and her experiences as a female artist throughout the years. What really caught my attention was when she stated that as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, there were only two female instructors at the time. Which is mind boggling because my experience as an art student has been quite different. Most if not all of my instructors were women, and a majority of students in art classes are women as well. As an undergraduate, her art instructors never really focused on the content of her paintings, but focused on her techniques instead. It was interesting to hear that she was painting "hermaphrodites" but no one ever asked her why at the time, when artists are now expected to talk about their content and personal direction.
As she shifted towards abstract expressionism, she had a solo exhibition at the Coffman Memorial student union gallery. Harmony gave a piece of advice that I thought was helpful for all aspiring artists, which was "It's important to exhibit your work any place you can, to take, or make space". Because I believe it is an important first step to make a path for yourself. Life is a journey and it won't move unless you take action. Hammond later on states her shift into becoming a feminist artist. She brings in gendered content in her work by utilizing materials associated with females, and the way these materials are manipulated also can change how a viewer reacts to her work.
Shifting towards her involvement in A.I.R gallery and W.A.R.M., it was inspiring to hear that it was quite a fright for the members because they didn't know how influential their organization would become, they were all into this together. Members of A.I.R. were given visibility in the visual arts, and they were provided with an important gallery space that allowed them to show any work they wanted.
The way that Harmony talked about about her fabric on canvas works was very poetic and sensual as she described the group of work. She talks about how these canvases are suggestions of the human body, as if the pieces of fabric were a censorship of the female body. Her description as a painter isn't very shocking even though she uses other materials such as fabric or other materials. I believe there are two types of painters, one who thinks of their painting as an image, or one who thinks of their painting as an object, and Hammond sees her paintings as an object.