Friday, March 6, 2015

Empowering Femininity

I just read a really interesting article on ms.magazine.com# titled Empowering Femininity#, it was written by Julia Serano# who is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and Scapegoating of Femininity#. In a nutshell it talked about the inequality of being viewed feminine verses masculine and that women are preceived as striving to be feminine so as to attract the male gaze... this is very much in line with my most recent body of work which I will be exhibiting at Core New Art Space Gallery# starting March 27th! The title of my show is called In Pursuit of Non-Objectification. The exhibition includes two series, 16 paintings titled Voices (they are not individually titled but numbered as they are part of a collective whole that make Voices. The other series is titled The Genealogy of Hair, and actually it is only part of a larger series (140 + pieces in all).  These bodies of work are the results of continuous experiments to remove the female object from the image and thus remove the ability to objectify the female form... sadly the experiments failed because the viewer (especially the male viewer) was still able to objectify the images as sensual femininity and noting the alluring characteristics of the features. Although the experiments failed or perhaps because they failed, I continue to explore the subject in my art.

In the mean time, I have added to my 'to do' list, read Whipping Girl....

Enjoy your weekend!

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