The Arts Scene: ‘Nasty Women’ flourish in exhibition

YAKIMA, Wash. -- During the final moments of the last presidential debate, candidate Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton as she was answering a question. “Such a nasty woman,” he muttered into his microphone.

The reaction on social media to Trump’s utterance was almost instantaneous. #NastyWoman began trending as a hashtag.

In an age of 24-hour news and social media, the public has redefined negative terms to empower themselves. As part of an ongoing discourse about the role of women in modern society, the “Nasty Women” exhibition at Yakima Maker Space, curated by Eunsil Kim, seeks to engage the visitor in an expanded dialogue.

The term “nasty woman” was labeled by People magazine as a “battle cry.” It was not only a reaction to the election, but also to a fundamental shift in the role of women in modern society.

This exhibition hopes to show that “being smart, professional, strong and independent women, who stand up for who we are and what we believe, should not label us in negative terms. Women who make a social and economic impact in society every day in extraordinary ways should not be defined as Nasty Women.”

The “Nasty Women” exhibition includes artists Kim, Rachel Dorn, Mindy Clark, Mary Dryburgh, Kelly McKnight, Janice La Verne, Jack McEntire, Delma Tayer, Deborah Ann, Carolyn Nelson and Barbara Leavitt.

Kim states that “we are Nasty Women who make a social and economic impact on our society. The women who give nurture, support and care in our society. Strong-minded, independent, opinionated women who have a goal in their life and achieve it successfully or those who work really hard to try to achieve their goals. Women who stand up for themselves and their rights.”

The “Nasty Women” exhibition will continue through Feb. 28. Yakima Maker Space, at 16 S. First St. in Yakima, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

• David Lynx is executive director of the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley College. Learn more at www.larsongallery.org.

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