Re-Conceptions : Women in Art : a Studio Art SIP
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Artist's Statement: "The place of women in the art world has always been unsure. Both as artists and as subjects of art, women are forced to accept the place that is given to them. As subjects, they become objects or possessions; they are submissive, suggestive or threatening. As artists, they are a subcategory of art as a whole. They are never just artists, but always women artists. They are also traditionally considered to be craftspeople rather than fine artists. As time has progressed, many women have rebelled against this system in their art. This usually involves either embracing the "female" aspects assigned to women's art (fluidity, domesticity, earthiness) and therefore circumventing the inferior place they are usually given or appropriating traditionally male imagery, making it their own. However, the art world still categorizes this art as feminist art or women's art, not just art, and art history classes still teach that art should traditionally be viewed from a male point of view. This show is not meant to reinforce any of these ideas. Instead, I have superimposed statements of these ideas over traditionally styled images of women in order to make the viewer question what they are seeing. The object of this show is to make each person think about the assumptions they have brought to the table as they come to see a show about women by a woman. I want to subvert traditional assumptions by pointing them out. By bringing these assumptions to people's attention, hopefully I can help them begin to see art from their own point of view, rather than the one that is expected of them."