I’M NOT YOUR BABY DON’T CALL ME BABY

Having chosen the topic of sexism and feminism for my first project at college, due to a lack of widespread female expression in art, I focused on the representation of women in the modern society. Particularly, the sexualisation of adolescence, and the denial of sexual expression. I have attempted to present this through the raw, messy effect of mono print.

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This piece addresses the idea of braces baring connotations of adolescence and innocence, where as the text statement reminds the viewer of this constant sexualisation and indoctrination that adolescents are faced with.

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Taking inspiration from Tracey Emin and Louise Bourgeois, this piece replicates their work, and comments on the representation of mothers and adolescents.

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This image shows the first page I experimented on, using mono print, with figures of adolescents coming out of the dark background, implying the sin that their nakedness supposedly holds.

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Taking a more positive style on sex and adolescence, this piece reminds the viewer of the media influences, with the modern revolution of Riot Grrrls and feminist zines contrasting more traditional views.

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Depicting the female form in dangerous environments, this image shows the empowerment that women deserve in these situations, rather than fright. Our initial connotation of these women would be prostitution, however this preconception of the female body is what my work is aiming to challenge.

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Linking to representations of femininity, this piece comments on the social ideal that women should smile in order to be seen as ‘pretty’. The mono print connotes the impurity of these ideals, and also brings an aggression to the figure’s smile.

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Another full-page experiment of mono print is shown here, using feminist zines, along with images from Votes For Women protests. The mixture of modern and past feminism relays the idea that feminism in necessary and constant throughout all of society.

I am thoroughly interested in the raw effect that these mono prints create, and I hope that you share the same interest and have found some kind of inspiration through them.

Beth X

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