By Catherine Dubois
Queen - Marlo Cottrell Size 23" by 33"
Poster Mounted on 1" Card
Delivery Time: 1 week within Alberta; Up to 6 weeks outside Alberta
The Queen that inspired this piece is Marlo Cottrell, an artist, writer, Canadian, and advocate for women’s rights. She has overcome many obstacles in her life, such as homelessness, drug abuse and her HIV diagnosis, and she wishes to empower others who still struggle with the systemic imbalances of our society, that they may share their own stories. She currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Marlo shares her adversities through poetry, which uses star imagery as a symbol for hopes and dreams, of a time when women are not belittled and abused simply for being women. Therefore, the star became an important part of this piece. Marlo’s story is also one of transformation, of building a life for herself despite her circumstances. The story within the piece is that the sky has shattered, crumbled to the earth, and this woman has used the broken pieces to build herself a tower back to the stars, holding in her hand the next piece, ready to take the next step in her journey upwards, a metaphor for Marlo’s life. The colours and composition come together to give a triumphant feel to the piece, representative of Marlo having overcome the adversities she has faced.
The piece started by vectorizing a sketch and then Photoshop was used for the textures and layering effects.
More about the GDC - RRF collaboration here
2015 Theme - QUEEN!
“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” Aretha Franklin
Ribbon Rouge #8 is QUEEN!
Our theme this year explores powerful women; women of vision and unsung heroes in our communities and globally. “Unruly” women who broke away from the status quo…bothered people…shook up the system and birthed social revolutions. To their various capacities, these women used whatever they had to be the difference and they inspire us to become our own brands of heretics. A few of them have worked directly in HIV relief efforts, others have put in tremendous efforts to further women’s rights. In all, their efforts have directly or indirectly contributed to progress on gender equity, which in turn, contributes to getting to Zero HIV.
These Queens inspire us to each cause a RUCKUS!
…To get out in front and create our own tribes, our own movements for positive change. To believe in ourselves, as such inspire others to do the same.
Ribbon Rouge #8 presents these women, their ideas, their thoughts…feelings to you through the night.