Spokane artist captures life as woman and mother | Arts & Culture
There’s a lot of art exhibits to choose from and explore during Spokane’s First Friday Visual Arts Tour, but none quite like the work being featured in the McCurdy Community Room at Interplayers Theatre. Using everything from Dr. Seuss books to torched panty hose, Bridgit Freeman Wamsley takes gallery visitors on journey through her life as a woman and mother.
“It’s all about the journey,” Wamsley says about her show One Woman’s Conceptual Life Story. The show combines visual and interactive art as well as social practice pieces. Wamsley says that all of her work reflects her own journey, and she uses what ever medium she thinks will best suit her concepts.
“Out is comes and I don’t know what it’s going to be,” says Wamsley of her conceptual sculptures that allow her to use any type of material and objects for her art.
Like panty hose that she’s burned and pinned delicately like butterflies. Wamsley explains that Used and Abused represents her freedom from the clothing item she describes as a “torture device,” Her piece It’s What’s Inside That Counts: The Tuna Can looks at women’s roles and in October 2013 the image was projected on the Linc LIC skyscraper in New York City.
While viewers and professors alike have described Wamsley as a feminist artist, she prefers to view herself as a feminine artist.
“I can’t say that I’m a riveter and I’m a man when I’m not,” says Wamsley. The mother of three says she’s simply drawing on her own life experiences as a single mother and woman. She hopes her art will make people think about their own life experiences.
“It really makes you think about your own choices in life,” says Wamsley. “You can either not like it, like it, or identify with it.”
Wamsley went back to school in her mid-40s in 2010 with the intention of complete a long awaited degree in drawing. Instead she completed a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Art History in just two years. She plans on getting her M.F.A. in Studio Art in the future. Nearing her 50th birthday, Wamsley says the degree is nice to have, but she’s always been an artist.
“I’ve never not drawn,” Wamsley says. “It doesn’t change what you’ve always been.”
One Woman’s Conceptual Life Journey has been running alongside Interplayers production of Good People. Wamsley will be there to greet gallery viewers and discuss her interactive pieces on February 7th during First Friday and that night’s Good People show.