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.
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?)).
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.
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?
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?
I'm not saying it doesn't matter, i'm saying it's a good thing, not something to push away. Call me a traditionalist if you want, but I define accomplishments based on who they are, what they've done with their lives, and where they've come from. Not merely outward results without knowing or trying to learn who they are.
Unfortunately, somehow, we still have not advanced far enough in society to completely erase this archaic thinking. I'm sure female artists in other fields such as photography or music feel the exact same way.
That said, this piece is gorgeous by the way! Created by male or female, it doesn't matter! It's fantastic.