World news – AU – A woman fundraiser inundated a Virginia Woolf statue with donations after the Wollstonecraft controversy


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Richmond-based sculptor Lori Dizengrimel statue funding campaign receives thousands of pounds after Wollstonecraft’s nude statue split into public

After the unveiling of a controversial nude statue in honor of Mary Wollstonecraft this week, plans for a public memorial to fully dressed Virginia Woolf gain new momentum..

Designed by Maggie Humpling’s Wollstonecraft statue in Newington Green, London, which depicts a silver-colored nude woman, it aims to represent the « birth of a movement » rather than the writer known as the mother of feminism. But it has attracted a wave of criticism. Writer Caroline Criado Perez, who led the campaign for the Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliament Square, described the decision-making process as « catastrophically wrong » and said the acting was an « insult » to Wollstonecraft.

Sherrill Robson of the nonprofit Aurora Metro Arts and Media has been fundraising for three years to place a Wolf statue on the bank of the river in Richmond, London, where the author has lived and worked for a decade. Robson said that since the unveiling of the Wollstonecraft statue, fundraiser has seen Wolf pour in thousands of pounds in. She has now collected nearly £ 16,000 from Goal 50. £ 000.

The Wolf Monument is intended to be a life-size bronze statue of the author sitting on a bench overlooking the river, with passers-by able to sit next to it. Sculptor Lori Dizengrimel portrays Wolf in a contemplative and relaxing moment – fully dressed.

“It raised some eyebrows because we made her smile sweetly and enjoy her day, which goes against the stereotype of being a sad artist,” Robson said.. There is a bust of Wolf in Tavistock Square that depicts her as a tortured, hated genius. She hated this bust, so it’s just so shocking that this is the thing that came to represent her after her death – it’s a very stereotype of the idea that the only way a woman can be a genius is to be mentally ill.. So we challenge this metaphor. If you read her diary, every day she walks her dog along the river in Richmond and sits and enjoys the view.. It’s true of history, and I think people have enjoyed the idea that they can sit next to it.

Fewer than 3% of statues in the United Kingdom are of women who are not members of the royal family. Robson said that although there are about 100 statues and memorials in public in Richmond, “There is no one for a woman of accomplishment, even though we did get some naked nymphs. So it would be great to see women dressed in our public space who are not members of the royal family.

“There are all these sculptures of men, men and men and we have very few women,” said Dizengrimel, whose recent assignments included the David « Bomber » Pearce Memorial to Newport in Wales, and the Capability Brown statue in Hammersmith, London. “When you look at Virginia Woolf, you see a woman, dressed, sitting on a bench with a book.

The Mary on the Green campaign, which took 10 years to raise £ 143,000 for the statue of Wollstonecraft, says it is grateful to everyone who « participated deeply » with the statue. « The diversity of opinions, publicly expressed, is exactly what Mary Wollstonecraft would have loved, » the campaign said in a statement.. . She also acknowledged the split response: “It has always been our position that the artwork must embody the spirit of Wollstonecraft: She was a pioneer who defies tradition, and she deserves a monument that is as radical as she was.

Wollstonecraft activists also said they are looking forward to more campaign groups raising funds to celebrate and commemorate the influence and accomplishments of other women, highlighting the campaign for the suffrage statue Sylvia Pankhurst for Clerkenwell Green in Islington, which raised £ 2,000 From 50,000 pounds.

“I love the work of Maggie Humpling, and I don’t think it was really appropriate as a way to honor a writer and thinker like Wollstonecraft,” said Robson, who supported the campaign for the Wollstonecraft statue and published 50 Women Sculptors, which both feature Dizengermel and Humpling.

Dizengrimel agreed. « I question Maggie’s interpretation of what best represents the spirit of Mary Wollstonescraft, and how she did not expect that including nudity in the depiction of a feminist icon would lead to protesting tribute by the target audience, » the sculptor said. “She defends the statue by saying that people miss the idea, but I feel that with art, there shouldn’t be a point that requires clarification.. In other words, the viewer looks at a piece of art, and needs to get something out of it – the point must be shown through the artwork itself. No signage or anyone including the artist required to explain the concept.

Dizengremel is currently working on the Wolf Statue, with planning permission granted by Richmond Council. Aurora is holding a festive online event on December 12th to raise money for the sculpture, while 20% of the profits from sales of The Women Writers Handbook, published in July, will be donated to the fundraising campaign..

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