Extinction to Duplication

Extinction to Duplication: For Posterity’s sake

The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction and duplication.

-Susan Sontag

Extinction to Duplication addresses how we will remember what will be lost through duplicating their images using toys, carousels and fabrications. The images at times may appear playful, but at times are cryptic in their message. To help explain this further, I chose women from an obscure part of history, cowgirls.

Nan Jeanne Aspinwall (February 2, 1880 in New York – October 24, 1964) was the first woman to ride on horseback across North America alone. She rode from San Francisco to New York from September 1, 1910 arriving on July 8, 1911[3] on a bet from Buffalo Bill, whose Wild West show she performed in. 

Mary Fields (circa 1832–1914), also known as Stagecoach Mary and Black Mary, was the first African-American female star route mail carrier in the United States. She was not an employee of the United States Post Office Department, which did not hire or employ mail carriers for star routes, but rather awarded star route contracts to persons who proposed the lowest qualified bids, and who, in accordance with the department’s application process, posted bonds and sureties to substantiate their ability to finance the route. She was a former slave.

Cowgirl Bar

Original sign read: Cowboy bar. I changed the title to acknowledge women as empowered rather than depict women as sex symbols, saloon prostitutes, etc.

*bios courtesy Wikipedia.

About cherylgross

Fine artist, Illustrator and author of The Karpland Chronicles. Professor Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Motion graphic collaborations with poet Nicelle Davis include: Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction, In The Circus Of You, Becoming Judas and The Poster Reads; ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT, travel the video poetry festival circuit. See resume at https://www.cherylgross.net for other accomplishments.
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