Flagstaff Feminist Art Studio

My Work

My work concerns itself with the collective unconscious.  As a feminist artist living and working at 7,000 feet near the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona, symbols and icons are very much a part of my daily life.  The revered sciences of antiquity were recorded in secular and religious symbols that sum up certain occult principles and therefore form layers of fabrications and enigmatic language.  Most cryptograms condense a multitude of meanings into one entity and can be interpreted in a cosmic or human sense.  Obscure dreams or nightmares of past, present, and beyond often have no key and can be arduous to unravel.  More recently, I've been exploring the aristocracy, multi-ethnic, mixed race, Afropunk identities of London and Paris and racial dynamics in contemporary culture -- in a subconscious effort to bring about reparative justice and collective healing.  9/23/2019

Biography

RHONDA URDANG (nee Thomas) has been making and exhibiting her work since 1971.  She has had a varied and interesting career; she has worked as a type setter, museum gallery attendant, apprentice dot etcher, and journeyman color separation artist on high-fashion catalogs in the  graphic arts industry in Omaha and Phoenix.  Since leaving academia, the patriarchy, and pseudoscience behind (some things are folktales or misbelief), her ingenuity has flourished.  Her artwork responds to historical and world events, when painting and the female artist are still being diminished, silenced, marginalized, and erased.  She gains visual pleasure from unraveling the feminine mystique while peeling away layers of buried eidetic memory in her innovative art practice.  The loveliness of the moon has inspired all of humankind since the beginning of time -- especially the magical night sky which rhapsodizes our stellar sisterhood.  The artist is somewhat more herself in her sleep when her body is in a state of slumber -- when images and illusions are formed.


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