Jen Flores and Pam Shanley

Silent Sentinel

Paper, lace, tulle,

62” x 30”



This started out as a collaborative piece about woman suffrage, this being the 100-year anniversary of women taking the right to vote. But it quickly evolved into a statement about equality, justice, humanity, universal dignity and the golden rule: treating people the way you want to be treated. This dress is the embodiment of the woman suffrage movement at the turn of the 20th century. The lace, the bustle reflects a more gentile time, but the words are fierce and universal. The dress embodies elements of equality on many levels; race, tolerance, gender, immigration, to name a few. These issues are what we, as a country, as a world, as humanity, are struggling to grapple with today. The quotes we used, from Alice Paul who lived 100 years ago to Rosa Parks who lived 50 years ago, resonate with what we are experiencing today.

"Silent Sentinel" byJen Flores and Pam Shanley

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