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Roberta Lynn Ledbetter

Roberta Lynn Ledbetter

A working photographer for over thirty years, Roberta Lynn Ledbetter also served as a teacher of art and photography to Alabamians of all ages in high school and college classrooms and in educational and community workshops. She earned her BFA in studio art and MFA in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She most recently was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

STATEMENT:

Inspired by a suffragette slogan, Bread and Roses suggests a revolutionary potential in domesticity and aspires to show the beauty in living fully and not just simply existing. The photographs show the beauty of daily life related to concepts of home and sustainable methods of backyard gardening. “Bread for all, and roses too” became a slogan of the women’s suffrage movement, and originated in 1910 in a speech by Helen Todd. The slogan expresses the soul of the women’s movement and speaks to the right to live fully and not simply exist. The women’s suffrage movement eventually got women the vote, but it is taking many years for real change to happen. The idea of individual revolution and the need to end the split between what we think and what we do, is what inspired the images on sustainable gardening. Currently, in a world of climate change, brought about by forces larger and more complicated than one person can battle, it feels hopeless to imagine attempting a different way. Is a personal and sustainable backyard garden a reality? Are personal actions too little, too late and too miniscule to counter the forces of commodification at work in our lives? As a curious gardener who wishes for a sustainable earth, I say no.