My friend, the artist Wanda Ewing, asked me to write the copy for her beautiful new website that Wheelhouse Collective had designed for her. I was so honored! We had a long chat about her work on December 8, 2012, and I went to work on writing her bio and website copy. The homepage said:
I’m Wanda Ewing—printmaker, painter, collage and multimedia artist and latch hook maven. I’ve been making provocative art with a political edge in my Midwestern hometown since 1999. And to do that, you have to be tenacious as hell.
The bio reflects her sassy self:
Inspired by images found in popular culture, Wanda’s work addresses social issues using humor as a starting point. As a viewer you will always be surprised (maybe even shocked) into looking inward and evaluating—then perhaps re-evaluating—your opinions about race, female beauty standards, sexuality and identity.The word “provocative” has never stopped Wanda. In fact, this quality has helped her to shake up Omaha’s local art scene and paved the way for other female artists to find their voice.
At the time, we had no idea that she would be diagnosed with lung cancer the following spring—or that we would lose her. Wanda died on December 8, 2013, a year to the day after we’d had that talk about her work. I wrote a memorial for her through many tears.
My Role: Copywriting
Hiring Agency: Wheelhouse Collective