In May I was approached to share some of my artwork in a book that was in the process of being written. Reading through the invitation, I saw that the book was to be titled Fundamentally Female and was described as being "by, for, and about women." I replied back that I was very appreciative about the opportunity but that I was "fundamentally male". Luckily, they understood my humor and replied that they knew that I was male but that didn't mean that I could not still celebrate women and contribute to the book. I was very pleased about that and am now even more pleased that Fundamentally Female has just been released.
Here is the description of the book from the website (with my own addition within the parentheses):
"Fundamentally Female is a global collaboration - by, for, and about women (and art by at least one man) - that identifies the universal substance of a woman: the friendship she honors, the vulnerability she exposes, the impact she makes, the intimacy she covets, the secrets she keeps. Rich in wit, wisdom, and honesty, this collection of candid and diverse voices speaks to generations of females in search of confirmation, inspiration, and joy as it peels away the layers to expose the very soul of womanhood. Master storyteller Reneé Rongen amasses a feast of quips and quotes, provocative vignettes, and tender stories that spans the gamut of the female experience, then wraps it in delicious, eclectic artwork created by artists around the world".
I am happy to say that I have four pieces of art published in the book and am thrilled to see that one piece, Daze, is on the cover in the upper right hand corner.
It is the type of book that you will find yourself picking up over and over for quick shots of inspiration. The brief stories, poems, and quotes are sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and always compelling. And all of the text is paired with both a word (such as fragmented, indulgent, prepared, and proud - to name a few) and either an artwork or a photograph. This book truly is a celebration and I am very proud to be a part of the party.
You can see all the artwork and meet the artists here. The book is available for purchase online here.