Thursday, April 29, 2010
Where Are The Famous Female Artists?
As for Ms. Eisler's theory, light of how western society has worked in the past, it makes a lot of sense. I've noticed that history has a way of highlighting male accomplishments while just leaving out the women. It's a definite void in history, it's like we are missing half of our background!
I wonder if there were more female visual artists that were just left out, overlooked? It would be interesting to try to collect them and get a more detailed picture of how art evolved over time...
On the other hand, I'm going to be the devil's advocate here and hypothesize that we may have done some of this to ourselves... Women have been socialized to be modest and self effacing... That type of approach would certainly lead to women not putting themselves forward to create new art movements.
In fact, one of the things I was taken to task on by my rather traditional mother was my lack of modesty about my artwork...
I've never been that good at waiting for things, and blending into the crowd on the sidelines sounds like a special kind of feminine torture to me... So I think I'll just carry on with being myself and let my mother rest with her traditions back in the last century!
But I still think it would be nice to have some more famous female artists out there... Hmmm... Maybe I could help fill that void someday!
References: Eisler, Riane. 1989. The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future. Harper & Row. New York.
Paintings by Teresa Young, photograph of Teresa Young by Nina Munteanu.
1. Undercurrents - Mar.2009, 2. Central Viewpoint - Aug.2009, 3. Near The Edge of Reason - Sept.2009, 4. Halo - May.2001.