US Women's Soccer Team (after Delacroix)
Mixed media collage and acrylic on panel,
60"h x 72"w, Item No. 17314,
US Women’s Soccer Team
The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning four Women's World Cup titles (including the first Women's World Cup in 1991), four Olympic gold medals (including the first Olympic women's soccer tournament in 1996), and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. It medaled in every World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football).
After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to November 2014, falling back behind Germany, the only other team to occupy the No. 1 position in the ranking's history. The team dropped to 2nd on March 24, 2017, due to its last-place finish in the 2017 She Believes Cup, then returned to 1st on June 23, 2017, after victories in friendlies against Russia, Sweden, and Norway. The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999, and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor. On April 5, 2017, U.S. Women's Soccer and U.S. Soccer reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that would, among other things, lead to a pay increase. (courtesy Wikipedia)
The US Women’s Soccer Team, along with Muhammed Ali, for a number of reasons. The individual players, including those whom I’ve portrayed: Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, and Carli Lloyd, are embodiments of feminine strength and grace. On the field, they are unbeatable Athletes at the top of their game. Off the field, they speak out for Economic Justice for all: for higher wages not just for female athletes, for all women—and not just for women, for ALL workers. Whether in high heels or cleats, in beautiful dresses, or in sweat-soaked uniforms, they are powerful manifestations of the Human Spirit at its finest. And, at a time when the US is fraught with uncertainty and internal division, the US Women’s Soccer Team is a shining example of an American potential – a fearless potential to fight for the underdog, and that strives to uplift…
In this piece, I have used a Soccer poster from Peru, a 9 Lives bag, empty bags of World Cup Coffee from Taos; Life cereal, Duracell, Jovial Gluten Free Pasta, Jiffy Muffin Mix, Gain detergent packaging; Wise Fools Summer Camp flyer, and a Berlin Dance club poster.