During a solo ride from California to Maine, Tessa remembers contemplating the connection between art and biking. Long rides are where she thinks through project ideas and plans big moves. Bike trails are her favorite works-paces.
Much of Tessa’s work focuses on the contextual backstory of biking, particularly regarding gender and social rights. In the 1890s, cycling saw a significant boom in the U.S., and women’s rights were embedded in the political and social activism that showcased biking.
In fact, Frances Willard, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony were all cycling advocates, and their manifestos on women’s suffrage mention bicycles. Early advertising campaigns include many examples that pass the famed Bechdel Test.