THE “NEVERTHELESS” PORTRAIT PROJECT: INSPIRING WOMEN, WEEK 9

Once a week Inspirer will feature a selection of drawings by our staff photographer, Annie Govekar. The drawings are part of the “Nevertheless” portrait project which feature inspiring women and their quotes. This week the “Nevertheless” portraits will continue to highlight women featured in Inspirer’s “Induct These Women” series.

Alanis Morisette

Quote taken from americansongwriter.com interview, 2012.

Much more than being adored for parodying her own iconic song with an updated millennial version, Alanis Morissette shifted the image of the female performer in 1991. While most successful female artists’ images were sexually objectifying and/or overtly feminine, Morissette kept things raw and never held a less than pretty feeling back. She defied the softness of the more generic female artists around her while liberating her listeners.

Morissette’s lyrics brought out the radical, and sometimes angry angst in the everyday woman. Normalizing a free spirited presence amongst sisters different and alike. Her rawness and willingness to be authentic in a genuine and natural way showed more women it was safe to not always be gentle or soft.

View the full Inspirer article here:  http://inspirer.life/home/2017/01/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induct-these-women-alanis-morissette/

Loretta Lynn

Quote taken from Garden & Gun interview, 2016.

Classic country singer Loretta Lynn has had a professional music career for almost 60 years. The singer-songwriter is the most awarded female recording artist in the country category and the only female that’s been awarded the ACM Artist of the Decade. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, she had over 70 hits as both a solo artist and doing duets. And yet the influential musician has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

View the full Inspirer article here:  http://inspirer.life/home/2017/05/loretta-lynn/

PJ Harvey

Quote taken from Rolling Stone interview, 1995.

PJ Harvey stands as one of the most influential artists to come out of the early ‘90s post-punk, lo-fi era. The English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s debut album “Dry,” released when PJ Harvey also served as the name of her three-piece band, was met with an international critical response no one seemed to be expecting. Touted by critics as an instant classic, “Dry” has held true to its immediate acclaim and has been named to numerous lists of essential albums, but PJ Harvey’s success doesn’t end at the beginning, and she’s now one more eligible artist the Rock and Roll Hall of a Fame should recognize.

View the full Inspirer article here:  http://inspirer.life/home/2017/01/rock-roll-hall-fame-induct-women-pj-harvey/

More about the Nevertheless Project:

The “Nevertheless” project is an art project that features a quote and portrait of an inspiring woman every day. The goal of the project is to run for 365 days while inspiring, motivating and educating. The idea for this project came along while I was commiserating over the current state of the world with my friend. I asked “What can I even do?” My friend simply responded with “Your art.”  This resonated with me and the project was started shortly after.  My hope is to lift people up by shinning the light on badass women. Some you may know, some you may not. We would love to hear who inspires you and who you think should be featured.

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Annie is a photographer and artist currently residing outside of Philadelphia. She has a degree in media design from the MTSU School of Journalism and got her start doing graphic and merchandise design for the NYC theatre community. She spends most of her free time traveling to theatre, concerts, or creating art. She has an unquenchable thirst to explore all things abandoned and old. Annie also answers to the name of Yoda (a favorite nickname amongst family and friends)
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