Pussy Riot is a feminist protest punk rock group based in Moscow, Russia. Calling for equality (basic human rights) in the most amazing way – they stand to fight for women in a world where they are still oppressed by men. In a country where freedom in some forms including homosexuality are forbidden and criminalised, Pussy Riot stand as a force to be reckoned with but a force than transcends a single country – they work to spread their message globally and with spunk too. An incredibly powerful voice in today’s society, their stunts are big, ballsy, and come out with a bang and I would expect nothing less from the all powerful group. When you stand to make a difference, make a change for something that shouldn’t need to be fought for you have to make noise, a lot of noise, or your voice will never be heard. Looking into feminism is something that I feel is so relevant today, especially when looking at the person who assumed power of one of the largest countries in the world and what he represents to not only Americans but to the human race as a whole. I fear that without groups like these progress would come to a halt. This cannot happen for equality must be obtained for all women!
Guerrilla Girls are a symbol of what a real fight for equality looks like. I saw an exhibition at the V&A that featured them and I really connected to their philosophy and how although the statements are incredibly bold, they also need to be in order to make people stop and really think. It’s not just ‘activism’ though it’s using what is actually happening in today’s society in all areas such as the entertainment industry, and the art world, and pushing real facts forward, placing them simply in front of the public asking if this is something they really agree with and think should continue. I think it’s so important that people are given the opportunity to find out this information and have complete access to it so that they can form an unbiased and solid opinion on where they stand.
Subversion. Subversion is key in any movement. Feminism is no exception. The work of Louise Bourgeois is iconic, staple to feminism as a concept and ideal. It is so important that the work of female artists not only be acknowledged but celebrated in the art world. It has long gone unnoticed that most of art exhibitions around the world showcase art that is predominantly produced by men. In today’s society however, this is being challenged. The Tate strives to make female artists equally heard and the work of this artist is an example of that. This work is very powerful and conveys a strong message that is displayed physically in many different mediums, thus making the artist incredibly accomplished and her talent vital to anyone who wants to know more about feminism. Her work is very delicate and seemingly subtle, however the messages they convey and the feelings that they evoke are very powerful. There is great intimacy in her work that instantly relates to the viewer, drawing them in, creating a deep connection between artist and audience.
Cindy Sherman is an icon when it comes to feminism. Taking clichés of the ‘typical woman’ and posing for what would stereotypically acceptable for a woman is very challenging and sends a strong message to the audience. Although her work was revolutionised in the 70s, her work still poses a powerful presence today and is inspirational to many. Her work has influenced me in terms of the way I want my stance on feminism to come across. I think in today’s society people are under the false notion that there is so much more equality when it comes to male rights versus female rights as well as the actual definition of feminism and how it is must to be intersectional in order to achieve equality amongst women – ALL women.
Collins’ work ‘Veins’ has pushed me to think about the kinds of experiments I can use when making the paper as well as thinking about pattern and layout. Although I am interested in focusing on text for my work, I think that the idea of communicating a message to the audience is critical and think that is why I have been drawn to this collection by Collins in particular as it evokes such strength and depth through looking at something that lies underneath. Veins are obviously visible to the human eye on our bodies and there are ways in which they can be made more prominent and alter slightly in colour, so I was so captivated by the colours she used and the different thicknesses and textures in her materials. I think that when it comes to a concept, you have to take every focal element into consideration and that is something vital when developing any piece of work and is something that I will definitely think about going forward.
Hilal’s work is exceptional! I love his abilities in terms of craft and how his results entail the most remarkable lines and shapes. My interest in using laser cutting with text has intensified after looking at this work as one of the many ways in which of achieving ‘the look’ I’m after have been realised. Working with materials such as copper filings, thus representing rust decay, only works to make these pieces that much more interesting and captivating. This is due to the fact that Hilal is working into this type of material so it’s putting work on top of something that is made to look worn and to have ‘lived’, in a sense, increases the work he has done in terms of value and intrigue. His work is very 3-dimensional and has great depth to it, both literally, introducing by the many layers that he includes, and metaphorically, through the way in which it makes the viewer think and interpret the message.
Although I’m probably more interested in keeping the main body of the paper and working into it with the laser cutting technique instead of taking text out of it to use on their own, Vought’s work is very captivating. I absolutely love the work displayed in the first image as the text is so intricate and think that it would be something that I would potentially be willing to experiment with myself. The colours used in the second image really make the words pop in terms of catching the audience’s attention and is again something that I would be willing to do myself but would definitely ensure that the colours had symbolic meaning in terms of what words they were communicating.
The scale of this work is what initially drew me to Pearlman’s work but it is the monochromatic element that creates a bold and captivating effect. I love the whole entire effect that comes with the artist’s installations and how the work really interacts with the room they are displayed in to further the aesthetic whether its rustic, sophisticated or simplistic. The shapes and patterns created by her work is very fluid and full of movement which brings great depth to the pieces.
This ‘paper cutting’ artistry is great! I love how Mora experiments with colour in the images that she creates, as you can really tell that the colours she uses are not just for decorative purposes but for symbolic reasons. The detailing in these pieces is really incredible but I feel that it would be incredibly difficult to replicate myself, but it could be possible to experiment with in the future.
This work is absolutely stunning! Here, the artist uses laser cutting with paper to produce these unbelievable images. Full of intricate detail and amazing patterns, the depth of the pieces is what really works to draw the viewer in. Some of the work is so fine, the paper almost looks like simple threads strung together but the reality that it’s paper is so mesmerising and I love how his work evokes such an hypnotic feeel. As displayed in the final image, the physical depth of the pieces in terms of layers is just mind blowing. Laser cutting into my made paper is something that I am very interested in experimenting with, maybe not in terms of illustration and creating scenes but more so in the direction of marking it with text.