I’ve always had an interest in the female figure and recently this has stemmed into feminist art and an obsession with Avante-guard feminism and female artists of the 1970s. For my FMP I’m more interested in celebrating the female body and exploring what it means to be a woman in 2021 as opposed to conveying a certain political point. Along the way of exploring this topic, there may be some activism through my work but I’m not making this the point of the project.
The only rule I’m setting myself is to only research female artists. Alike to Judy Chicago who created the Women’s Art Revolution I want to teach myself as much as I can about the history of feminism in art through mainly working with female artists and only researching current and historical female artists. This is just something I’m interested in and I think it will give me a deeper understanding of what it means to be a female artist.
I’m particularly interested in the question ‘What it means to be a woman in 2021’ as in this day in age it has been acknowledged that being a woman is such a broad term. With the uprising acknowledgment of LGBTQ+ women, women of different cultures, sizes, ages, economic backgrounds, celebrating womanhood is more important than ever. The only difference I can see in the feminism of the past such as the 1970s is usually it gives middle-class white women a chance to uprise which was still a big step up as they were majorly suppressed but there’s hardly any influential feminist art created by any other type of woman and these women are who I want to explore.
A lot of my work is intuitive and I don’t have a specific reason or vision for the piece before I start creating but as I’ve begun to teach myself about feminism in art I think my work has improved along with the analysis of why I’m doing it. I’m interested in seeing what I create if I research women I’m interested in through interviewing and photography. To begin this idea I’m going to either get quotes, videos, recordings of the LGBTQ+ women, elderly women, friends, and family members in my community and ask the question ‘What does it mean to you to be a woman?’.
To start off with my Final Major Project I thought I’d take inspiration from my recent work as I feel these past few months I’m more in touch with who I want to be as an artist and what I want to create. All of the work I create is figurative mark-making usually based on my own body. This includes figurative sculptures, performance art (film&photography) using my own body, and intuitive mark-making such as drawing or mark-making with my body.
This is a selection of my favorite recent work that I feel best represents me and the kind of art I’d like to carry on making for this project.