September 30, 2003

Feminist Art?

I visited the Harlan Gallery today with my fellow freshmen in Seminar.

What a wonderful experience!

One comment from a presenter, however, sticks in my mind (something like this): "Everything looks feminine. It goes against what female artists in the art world are attempting to express."

The artists' pieces in the gallery are "feminine works". Should artists attempt to hide that they are female? A resounding "No" leaps to my mind.

They are female artists, they should revel in that realization, and it seems as if they do. The presenter seemed to dislike the idea that "pretty" works with splashes of pinks and greens go against what feminist artists should portray in modern works.

Of course, since birth girls are meant to like pink, and boys blue, but why should women force themselves into a mold of darkened scenery or war-like scenarios just to say they are feminists? They should simply be who they are, who they want to be. That is real feminism.

The gallery show represents that sentiment. So gals, if ya like pink--pile it on, if ya like black, war, firearms, and gutter scenes--good for you. And guys, if you like pink, pile it on--Great.

Most art does not exclusively attempt to portray one idea: gender; it is a culmination of many other aspects that influence the artist and the world.

So I say, express yourself honestly, regardless of gender lines. After all, great art should speak to all--not just a little over half of humanity.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 30, 2003 7:28 PM
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