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A New York City artist is on a mission to create wearable art that both makes a social statement, using cartoon images of ...
super heroes, and empowers men and women to stand up to bullying, and gender stereotypes. (July 14)
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SHOTLIST:AP Television - AP Television clients onlyNew York - July 10, 20141. Display of wearable sculpture++SOT PARTIALLY COVERED++2. Soundbite (English): Linda Stein, artist/activist: " It's all about empowering women but empowering men too. I am a sculptor and my work is about bullying, and empowerment. Wonder Women I came to mind, I said, yes this is what my work about. These are defenders and protectors. I called them body-swapping cause once you put it on and look in the mirror there is a different feeling that takes place."++SOT PARTIALLY COVERED++ 3. Wonder Women comic on a sculpture4. Tilt up of a Wonder Women wearable sculpture5. Images of Women and other characters6. Gallery guests putting on the wearable sculpture7. Women wearing a sculpture looking in the mirror8. Soundbite (English): Rinku Sen, gallery visitor:"I am a fairly diminutive person, and but this feels like it gives me some heft some physical heft."++SOT PARTIALLY COVERED++9. Soundbite (English): Linda Stein, artist/activist:"It's all about gender justice. And allowing people to feel their identity and worry about the stereotypes of masculinity and femininity."10. Women wearing the sculpture11. Woman looking in the mirror12. Two women wearing sculpture13. Women wearing sculpture making a muscle with her arms++SOT PARTIALLY COVERED++14. Soundbite (English): Dana Sparling, gallery guest:"I feel like when I take it off it will be a reflection of the fact that I feel like I'm more comfortable in my own skin than I ever have been in my life. And that feels very good to me."15. Women wearing a sculpture looking in the mirror++SOT PARTIALLY COVERED++16. Group of women wearing the sculptureSTORYLINE:Linda Stein wants you to touch and try on her artwork to experience a feeling of empowerment and protection. The artist-activist creates sculptural avatars _ full-length armor-like figures chock-full of embedded found objects including driftwood, engraving plates, steel wire, zippers, pebbles and comic book imagery of Wonder Woman and other superheroes. She also creates custom-made "bullyproof vests," a patchwork of fabrics featuring empowered female symbols of protection like the Japanese anime character Princess Monopole, the Goddess of Mercy Kannon and Wonder Woman with text like "What defines bravery? What makes a hero?" The idea for her androgynous warriors grew out of her sense of vulnerability after the Sept. 11 attacks. Her art addresses contemporary issues of gender equality, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression that she further explores through her nonprofit group Have Art Will Travel. Her art is all about "all about empowering women but empowering men too," she said. Within minutes of arriving at her Tribeca studio, her 7-20-pound sculptures become animated as the artist invites visitors to put them on to imagine trying on another skin, "allowing people to feel their identity and not worry about the stereotypes of masculinity and femininity." At one of her recent "body-swapping salons" attended by four professional women, Rinku Sen struck a "Rocky" pose in front of a mirror in a "Wonder Woman" torso made of acrylicized paper.