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I will always be labelled a woman artist by MissElephante I will always be labelled a woman artist by MissElephante
Can a genre be dictated by a biological state, versus the content you create?

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MT-000 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
reminds of the game The Path
NuncFlows Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can relate to the title as much as I find this to be a beautiful and intense piece of art.
The b/w version is fancy, but the colored version looks even more alienating (positively) to me. what an estranged beauty.
compliments on that, miss.
fallowfrenzy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Another lovely evocative piece, again.
blackmetalissokawaii Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Being labeled as something you don't think describes you, Its a problem that artists of all kinds face. In fact I guess its a problem people of all kinds face.
Kohou Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're only called a female artist if you yourself make it a point that you're female.

Otherwise, you'll be called an artist just like anyone else.  The more you bring attention to the fact that you're a woman, the more people will see that as a subject to broach.
Inverted-Shadows Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Or sometimes the other way around, sometimes the content we create seems to dictate to some people the gender you possess (i.e. guys whose art is soft, girls whose art is too bloody or overly sexual (because as a guy you're only allowed to make art of that type right?)).
Dwood15 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had a quick go of your gallery, and to be honest, i've got a point for you. There's nothing wrong with being female, and being called a female artist. I see nothing wrong with that... If you're a woman, and you vote, then you're a woman voter, the concept of sex as a defining attribute is a part of life. Something that enriches our world, rather than diminishes it.
prnnography Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Hi, while I agree with your general sentiment - she's not referring to the special ways that our biological sex and experiences shape our artwork. I happily agree that this can have an impact and the differences, when they are present, should be celebrated. However, she is in all likelihood talking about the constant micro-sexism inherent in calling us 'female-whatevers'. How many times have you heard of a man being referred to as a 'male author', a 'male director', a 'male artist'? I'm sure you have heard 'female developer', 'female athlete', and 'female painter' far more regularly. Men are seen as the default, the superior sex, so unless the profession/skill in question is something typically associated with women (like prostitution, dancing, or fashion modeling) there is no need to attach 'male' to the front, because we just expect people of any significant skill or accomplishment to be men unless we are told otherwise. What's usually implied is by the 'female' descriptor is, "You're pretty good...for a woman, I guess." Hope that makes more sense?
Dwood15 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, if that's the context and what the artist is thinking, it does make sense. I just wish she herself would comment, so i could understand...

Would something like "The sexes may be separate, and have distinct roles in society, but one is not greater than the other, even if the roles overlap" be descriptive, or would you say it's an "I can do everything a man can, i wish they wouldn't look down on me for doing what i do as a woman" be more fitting?
prnnography Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I think that's definitely a mature and pragmatic way of looking at gender differences!
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