Woman to Woman, Regard de Femmes
Michele Mattei and Elizabeth Yochim
A Ten-Year Photographic Journey
Art Book & Exhibition
Woman to Woman, Regard de Femmes is a ten-year photographic journey of Michele Mattei and Elizabeth Yochim. Michele is a fine art photographer, whose photographs are in the collection of the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery and in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art. A solo exhibition of her work was mounted at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on women of influence, entitled Fabulous! Elizabeth is a dancer, public performance artist and art appraiser.
The photographic project records a fluid exchange between two women—the seer and the seen—with images expressing the passage of time and the role of the female gaze.
The project provides an occasion to reflect on the role of artist collaborations amongst women, the role of women in society and the complexities of navigating the art world.
It is about self-actualization and the pursuit of one’s dreams. It speaks about inter-generational friendship and about creating a positive change in the world.
The photographs are accompanied by essays written by Michele and Elizabeth reflecting on their own journey. Michele explores in her essay the intimate relationship of women looking at women and examines the integration of her career as journalist, photo-journalist and fine art photographer. Elizabeth records the birth of the Angelbird, a character that she imagined into being, and her subsequent change of career and emergence as an artist.
We are ten years older than when we started. Our bodies are changing. Our faces are changing. Time is ticking. Looking back is informing how we look forward.
Woman to Woman, Regard de Femmes is relevant and timely as it offers a roadmap and inspiration around the theme of setting oneself free. It documents the experience of women supporting women that dare to self-actualize and reach for their highest potential as human beings and artists.