Everyday Sexism; New Shoes.

My images have been slow in turn around due to reading for my dissertation. It’s frustrating me as the more I am reading, the more I want to create. I am in a good place with the dissertation at the moment, so I don’t want to disrupt the flow. However, my interest in subject has turned out to be completely in tune with my dissertation. I am still constantly feeding the knowledge into my practice.

My next piece has been based around a quote in the book; Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates. “As she expounded her tough stance on immigration she stood in shoes worthy of the front row at Paris fashion week”; The Guardian, on Home Secretary Theresa May.

I have played with a couple of different edits, not all great, but thought I would include the journey anyway. I started by adding a painted background colour similar to the last images but I felt it didn’t work. Perhaps this is because there was more communication in this image and it was swamped with the addition of paint. I wanted to use the line of ladies legs to reference the fashion show and create a horizon line. I added two people in suits (associated with men but are actually women and sitting in a suggested feminine pose) sitting on top in a judgemental fashion. The politician (I didn’t want to personally reference May) is sat on a chair, be it to hold the spot light or receive judgement. The image is of a young German girl who was crowned beauty queen in the 1920’s. I wanted the man in the suit who sits in a powerful pose juxtaposed with the girl to suggest femininity also.

After reading more on Hoch’s imagery, I can see how she challenged gender and stereotypes within society. She would assemble sexless subjects or place stereotypically female items within a masculine arena questioning society’s way of seeing.

New-Shoes-1

New-Shoes

New-Shoes-3

New-Shoes-2

For my final image I will choose the later image. I feel it relays the feeling of judgement. I am also aware I need to keep the background simple if there is a lot of photomontage. I chose to add coloured shapes looking towards each other in conversation rather than more photography. I wanted the right hand side to draw the image in so this would keep the left side lighter. The eye is showing the man is aware of the (unnecessary) judgement.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Everyday Sexism; New Shoes.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s