The Ombudswoman

Cintia Bolio, The Ombudswoman calling out on a bookmark, 2017:
"Know and exercise your rights!"

Cintia Bolio, detail from Puras Evas:
The 10 Commandments, 2015.
"No. 10: Do not try to change the world"
"Baby, you are diminishing femininity..." 
The ombudswoman is the go-between of citizens and the government. A presence taking up complaints on neglect or abuse of democratic rights, and as such a presence securing the right of being critical and the right to be heard.

Officially, the word ombudswoman is not yet implemented, and Merriam-Webster is asking for quotations that they can refer to its first usage. Their asking is an acknowledgement that it is only a matter of time.

She is here.

The Ombudswoman of Cintia Bolio is carrying books on her back, calling out as she is from a place of insight and with pen and paper by her side. She is expressing herself in every way, while energetically marching forward, her mouth metamorphosed into a megaphone. Note also the tiny line between her feet for her shadow, which makes the three of them look like a stepping line of her forging ahead.

Cintia Bolio, detail of Puras Evas:
The Paradox of Support, 2017.
"It's working, woman!"

She is in the limelight and her megaphone is not unlike that of Justice flexing her judging muscles, underlining that she stays blindfolded unlike those who take on her role.

To underline the fundamentality of the role of the two, Cintia Bolio has created another protagonist for their group, and another one we have been missing till now.

Venus of Willendorf may have been a fetish. It has certainly been the general idea since she was found after 25,000 years or thereabout. We could rephrase that and talk of the necessity of her presence to creation. Rather than something being done to her, Venus has a job to do. She has had a smile added to her, but still no need for eyes.

"For me the drawing is a language, which combines deflection, joy, therapy, revolt, exorcism of my personal demons and a little more" such are the words of Cintia Bolio in her book La Irreverente Sonrisa (i.e. the disrespectful smile) from 2013.

And a little more. Venus has passed on the torch. Now we know, where art came from.

Cintia Bolio is the fourth axis to the group
Self-portrait on the cover of La Irreverente Sonrisa, 2013.

The cartoons shown are courtesy of Cintia Bolio and must not be reproduced without her permission.

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