February 21, 2008

Alice Gerrard, Billy Tipton, Julie Doucet, Yayoi Kusama

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Kirsten McCrea said...

Alice Gerard - probably an independent journalist and peace activist who was convicted of trespass after protesting against the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia in 2003. She served 3 months in a Federal Penitentiary, but returned to Fort Benning again in 2004, and subsequently served 6 months. Like a total badass, she trespassed again, and was arrested for the third time in 2006. But could also refer to Alice Gerrard, bluegrass musician who collaborated with Hazel Dickens.

Billy Tipton - (1914-1989) jazz pianist and saxophonist, who became the subject of public interest posthumously when it was revealed that Tipton, who had lived for decades with a male identity, was biologically female.

Julie Doucet - (1965- ) Montreal underground cartoonist and artist, best known for her autobiographical works such as ‘Dirty Plotte’ and ‘My New York Diary’.

Yayoi Kusama - (1929- ) Japanese artist whose paintings, collages, soft sculptures, performance art and environmental installations all share an obsession with repetition, pattern, and accumulation. Her work shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. She describes herself as an "obsessive artist". Kusama is also a published novelist and poet, and has created notable work in film and fashion design. She has long struggled with mental illness.