In many traditional cultures, water is imbued with feminine roles and symbolism; women are the keepers and protectors of water. This exhibit celebrates and honors water, as well as the women who work with it, protect it and advocate for it. Featured are women from across the world who are scientists, water-walkers, teachers, farmers and healer, all of whom hold deep connections with water.
The intent of this globally-inspired exhibit is to help develop and strengthen our own ties with water and inspire actions to protect our waters. Twenty-eight hand-woven jacquard portraits of these women form the core of the exhibit. The women are from Wisconsin to the Arctic Circle, from Mozambique to Honduras, from Sri Lanka to Peru, from the North American Great Lakes to the African Great Lakes. In developing these pieces, Burns worked with the women, their families and their organizations to tell their stories through portraits.