In one Susan B. Anthony portrait she is depicted very much in the way she is portrayed historically, in a ‘suffragette gray’ ladies’ Victorian garb, wielding a mutton chop. In the other portrait, she is nude, exposing the real woman underneath the suffragette uniform, with the ample bosom that nursed a movement. She is also branded with a scarlet F on her chest, representing the hardships that the once-jailed pioneer advocate endured.
“Though Susan B. Anthony was very vocal about women’s rights, my research revealed she was a suppressed lesbian in her time, and very little has been written about that,” said Marilyn Artus. “I hope my portraits of her will inspire a re-examination of her role as a gay feminist.”
“Marilyn would like Governor Fallin to place the portraits of Susan B. in a meaningful place within the mansion to remind her to do more for women’s rights and the gay and lesbian community while she serves out her term in office,” said spokesman Cory Allen. “Susan B. Anthony’s fight for women’s right to vote made it possible for Mary Fallin to get elected.”
The artist also created the Susan B. Anthony portraits for submission to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to help provide a more accurate portrayal of a woman known for publicly leading a movement as a suppressed lesbian; possibly the only known gay and lesbian icon to be printed by the U.S. Mint.
“With recent removal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ military law and growing support for gay marriage, I feel that we need to reconnect with a more truthful Susan B. than the history books conservative interpretation,” said Marilyn Artus. “In fact, Governor Fallin needs to help legalize gay marriage in the state of Oklahoma.”
The Susan B. Anthony portraits are part of “The Scarlet F,” series, which features 12 nude portraits of iconic females, who fought for women’s political and social union, known as the women’s suffrage. The unveiling of “The Scarlett F” series will be this Friday, October 14th, at MAINSITE Contemporary Art in Norman, OK, from 6:00 P.M to 9:00 P.M.
For more info, contact Cory Allen at 323-393-3115 or visit www.cacanet.com