Artist Statement Throughout history, women have been deemed the weaker sex, and that could not be further from the truth. The strength of a woman is more than a physical attribute, and the strength inside of a woman is immeasurable. Women have triumphed over hardships of inequality. We have climbed the ranks, breaking the glass ceiling to become CEOs and leaders, workers toiling in the trenches wearing construction boots and hard hats, and soldiers marching shoulder to shoulder with fellows in arms to protect the country. Through Machisma, Covington illustrates the dichotomy of women, exposing the beauty that lies not only in the feminine but also in the masculine. Machisma is a visualized indictment of the antiquated gender norms society has yet to cast aside.