These three portraits tell the stories of iconic women, places, and moments that have transformed history. This work challenges historical narratives about the agency of women. In an effort to pay homage to those women that have contributed to the metamorphosis of our global world, this excerpt of work creatively reimagine the icons and iconography that have transformed modern history as we know it. The work features the stories of changemakers, ranging from 480 BC to 2012 AD, and emphasizes their corporate concern for the betterment of humanity. Underlying their work is the belief that mutual understanding and commonality have the power to bridge divides and that women have an important role to play. Overall, with the objective of evoking personal, local, and global transfiguration, the work hopes to provide its onlookers with an alternative considerations to ponder: to challenge orthodox interpretations of history; to call into question the idea of otherness; and to re-evaluate the transformational influence of women.
Ré Phillips is a multidisciplinary artist from the American South. As a Georgia native, she grew up amidst the legacy of the American Civil Rights Movement, and as a result, her art is grounded in the desire to promote peace, increase mutual understanding, and explore the nexus of art and social change. She is inspired by material culture, migration, language and identity. Her work has been exhibited in Lebanon, India, Spain, England, Turkey, China, the United States, and the Netherlands. She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MPhil from the University of Oxford, and is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.