Carla Williams is back in the neighborhood where her parents were raised: the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. There, she's opened Material Life, a populist art gallery and/or high-end gift shop that focuses on affordable pieces by outstanding contemporary artists. Guest Editor Rosalyn Spencer interviewed her for this issue.
A few years ago, I told an artist that I create art, too. He responded with a smirk, “What … a women’s art.” I was dumbfounded,and for a moment ready to deny … no, my art was serious. I kept thinking about this exchange until at last I reached peace within myself as I let go of other’s perceptions of art, and looked at the profound and beautiful perspective women artists bring to art.