NARCISSA OR NOTHING
THE INESCAPABLE 2016 AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN HAS PRODUCED AN UNRELENTING RIPTIDE OF RHETORIC, IRREVERSIBLY EXPANDING THE AMERICAN LEXICON — FOR BETTER OR WORSE. AMONG THE POSITIVE OUTCOMES, NO MATTER YOUR POLITICAL PROCLIVITY, IS THE LIVELY CONVERSATION THAT RHETORIC INVARIABLY SPAWNS. CONVERSATION, AFTER ALL, IS A KEYSTONE OF EQUALITY AND DEMOCRACY. IN THIS CASE, THE CANDIDATES’ ROUSING LANGUAGE HAS PROVOKED IMPORTANT DISCOURSE ABOUT GENDER, RACISM, ETHICS, EDUCATION, THE ECONOMY AND MORE.
These dialogues have taken numerous forms, from t-shirts to hashtags. Here, Double or Nothing mixes mediums, giving digital form to traditional conversation from an intimate women’s luncheon we hosted at Narcissa in Manhattan’s East Village. The discourse naturally addressed recent venom that has galvanized females. However, instead of concentrating on its degradation, the women shared stories of female empowerment and inspiration. They swapped professional advice and personal recommendations, and even divulged a few secrets — topics that together formed a nourishing meal of laughter, learning and connection. A sample of this menu can be found below, because Narcissa’s memorable corn agnolotti paired with a seasonal beet, bulger wheat, apple and creamed horseradish salad is harder to share.
A WOMAN WHO HELPED INSPIRE YOUR PATH
Chloe Hall: My grandmother. She was courageous in a time when women were expected to keep a low profile. She swam naked, sang loud, and was a public advocate for women’s rights. She practiced yoga, hosted solstice parties for women and taught me about the joys of Paul Simon with the car windows down—and how to play a defensive game of hangman.
Laura Nolte: My mother, who taught me to work really hard and never settle into laziness.
Cory Jacobs: My first boss, Christa Aboitiz, who believed in me and hired me when I was 21.
Julia von Eichel: Now that I have children, it's completely clear to me that it was my mother who helped inspire my path toward becoming an artist. I faced many hurdles in school, but her belief in me fed my confidence and in turn fueled my own belief in myself to start a career in the arts.
THE LAST THING YOU CREATED
Myla Dalbesio: A resin and crystal sculpture that says “Strange Desires.”
Jenna Gribbon: A painting of a woman in water and a portrait of Lee Miller.
Latonya Staubs: A costume for my two-year-old
Danielle Washienko: My kitchen table. I like power tools.
Cory Jacobs: A children’s book with my husband, son and best friends.
A WORK OF ART BY A WOMAN YOU ADMIRE
Chloe Hall: Georgia O'Keeffe's "Cow Skull: Red, White and Blue"
Julia von Eichel: Patti Smith's "Just Kids"
Latonya Staubs: Jenna Gribbon made a portrait of me that still has me amazed
Cory Jacobs: Julia von Eichel's "Swirling Pink"
Myla Dalbesio: Lauren Greenfield's book "Girl Culture"
THE BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED
Cory Jacobs: Start as you want to continue.
Myla Dalbesio: If you’re not five minutes early, you’re late.
Laura Nolte: Trust your instincts and stay focused.
Jenna Gribbon: Develop a studio practice and just keep working.
Julia von Eichel: Rudy Stingel encouraged me to stop being comfortable in a series and move onto something else. In other words, get out of your comfort zone.
Latonya Staubs: Don’t worry about what you may be doing tomorrow. Worry about what you’re working on right now.
Chloe Hall: If you don’t feel at peace with everything you wanted, then you aren’t finished.
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