The Women and Gender Studies Creative Activism award recognizes outstanding undergraduate creative works that raise awareness around issues of equity, such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender identity. It is designed to help foster an inclusive and welcoming campus climate for students of all backgrounds and those historically underrepresented at the university. Students from across campus are invited to submit creative works for consideration by a committee of faculty, staff, and students from our department.

birdsong by Kelila Rose

Artist's Statement:

Birdsong is the artist's reflections on the interactions between power and powerlessness, and the violence that is concreted from falsity within individual and collective experience. The piece is meant to inspire reflection in the viewer as to our conscious and unconscious participation with violence, in our bodies and our actions, and toward ourselves and each other, while offering an opportunity to guide love and healing into our lives. We can topple the patriarchy if we realize its illusory nature, and tend to the very real wounds left in its wake.

Kelila Rose is a women and gender studies major and Spanish minor who is currently working on an honors thesis that centers on healing from intimate partner violence through storytelling.

Congratulations Kelila!