Christine Stoddard Makes Shit Happen
“I want to make shit happen.”
“We are grieving for all of the moments that men assume authority over us and the status quo marches on. Note that I’m not just wearing black, but a very specific uniform of a black dress, pearls, and heels to touch on traditional ideas of femininity. It’s those ideas that imprison us—not that there is necessarily anything wrong with conforming to those notions. What is wrong is that these standards of femininity are imposed on us from such a young age, before most of us can even question what is happening. That is why I inserted a silver dress in the photo series. It blends in with the silver background, almost becoming invisible, just as I wish the patriarchy would disappear.”
I had the great pleasure of talking to badass artist and writer, Christine Stoddard. About a week ago we posted a teaser video about a photo project called MONSTER IN A DRESS SHOP, which is a series of self portraits she shot on her rooftop in Brooklyn.
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Christine Stoddard runs Quail Bell Magazine and also writes for Luna Luna Magazine, which is how I met her. In this podcast we talk about the Luna Luna community, and sisterhood in general. We discuss gender politics and double standards in college and int he world. We talk about multiculturalism. Her mother is Salvadorian and my father is Mexican. We talk about how those roots that once divided us from other people are now a source of empowerment. This was a very inspiring and loaded podcast. We do not skirt around the issues. We face them head on and do not mince words when it comes to Trump, mean girls, the crippling damage of the patriarchy, and the power of creating cultural narratives. We laughed a lot and we bitched a lot.
Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and artist who lives in Brooklyn. Her visuals have appeared in the New York Transit Museum, the Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, the Poe Museum, the Queens Museum, the Condé Nast Building, George Washington University’s Gallery 102, and beyond. In 2014, Folio Magazine named her one of the top 20 media visionaries in their 20s for founding the culture magazine, Quail Bell. Stoddard also is the author of Hispanic & Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), Ova (Dancing Girl Press), Chica/Mujer (Locofo Press), Lavinia Moves to New York (Underground Voices), The Eating Game (Scars Publications), and two miniature books from the Poems-For-All series.