Title

Second Partial Identity Dissection

Lead Author Major

Studio Art

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Jill Vasileff

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Lucinda Kasser

Abstract/Artist Statement

These works on paper are about growing up with the expectations of gender. I am interested in challenging my conceptions of female appropriate roles and behaviors. I am interested in anyone male, female, straight, bisexual, homosexual, transgender or otherwise, that ever wanted to be feminine, or have effeminate traits. You can be feminine without being weak, without being inferior, without being debased. Resist the pressure to conform to a false expectation. An important part of this is the young girl lingering in every frame. My younger sister and I are seventeen years apart, and she is unabashedly girly. Part of it no doubt comes from encouragement and compliments, but there's something very sincere about her asking me to do her nails. Everyday, a different princess dress. I feel like I inwardly fight against her femininity, and am only recently realizing that this reveals more about myself than my sister. I am trying to explore and challenge these views in my art. I collage handmade lace and sewing patterns on top of watercolors, prints, and drawings. I also use techniques such as collagraphy, intaglio, chine-colle, and lino-cutting. I incorporate items like hair, makeup, thread, and blood. The frames used are from various thrift stores, chosen personally for their individual style. By using whole and broken frames, I render these ideas simultaneously worthy and worthless. Ultimately, I believe everyone has their own identity, and no one else has the right to say whether it's wrong.

Location

Reynolds Gallery

Start Date

17-4-2013 6:00 PM

End Date

17-4-2013 8:00 PM

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Apr 17th, 6:00 PM Apr 17th, 8:00 PM

Second Partial Identity Dissection

Reynolds Gallery

These works on paper are about growing up with the expectations of gender. I am interested in challenging my conceptions of female appropriate roles and behaviors. I am interested in anyone male, female, straight, bisexual, homosexual, transgender or otherwise, that ever wanted to be feminine, or have effeminate traits. You can be feminine without being weak, without being inferior, without being debased. Resist the pressure to conform to a false expectation. An important part of this is the young girl lingering in every frame. My younger sister and I are seventeen years apart, and she is unabashedly girly. Part of it no doubt comes from encouragement and compliments, but there's something very sincere about her asking me to do her nails. Everyday, a different princess dress. I feel like I inwardly fight against her femininity, and am only recently realizing that this reveals more about myself than my sister. I am trying to explore and challenge these views in my art. I collage handmade lace and sewing patterns on top of watercolors, prints, and drawings. I also use techniques such as collagraphy, intaglio, chine-colle, and lino-cutting. I incorporate items like hair, makeup, thread, and blood. The frames used are from various thrift stores, chosen personally for their individual style. By using whole and broken frames, I render these ideas simultaneously worthy and worthless. Ultimately, I believe everyone has their own identity, and no one else has the right to say whether it's wrong.