"Necessary Confabulations" imagines an alternative history in which women's expertise and intellect are as sought out and nurtured as those of their male counterparts. We create composite images showing women who never met, paired with captions from articles that were never published, imagining conversations that might have been. This project was made in collaboration with Jenny Lederer.
Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart, 1935, 2017 // Alternate image, embossed // 8 x 11 in.
Caption reads: Kahlo and Earhart delve deep on their Sunday drive, discussing FDR, the Franco dictatorship, and Cardenas, not to mention their own soaring careers.
Sophia Loren and Chien-Shiung Wu, 1957, 2017 // Alternate image, embossed // 8 x 11 in.
Caption reads: Actress Sophia Loren and Professor Chien-Shiung Wu, aka "The First Lady of Physics," pause for lunch at the Four Seasons. Loren and Wu are spearheading an initiative on behalf of imprisoned Taiwanese journalist Lei Chen.
Shirley Ann Jackson and Janis Joplin, 1967, 2017 // Alternate image, embossed // 8 x 11 in.
Caption reads: Dr. Shirley Jackson and singer/songwriter Janis Joplin (center) relax on the steps of MIT’s Kresge Auditorium after their join presentation on science and activism. “Physics for Pacifists.”