Queen Nefertiti was more than the iconic pretty face. She and her husband shook shit up in ancient Egypt when they decided to change the religion, art and culture for the first time in the three thousand year old run of static Egyptian culture. (FOR THREE THOUSAND YEARS ANCIENT EGYPT STAYED THE SAME!!) Nefertiti, while being beautiful, was her husband’s equal and had elevated power. She was one of the only examples of being represented as a strong and loving Queen and Mother in Egyptian art work. Hell yeah.
Empress Wu Zetian was empress of early imperial China. She was, in fact, the FIRST woman to become emperor of China. She started out as the previous emperor’s favorite concubine, then his favorite wife and then a stand-in for her young son after he died…and then she said “fuck y'all i’m running this shit now” and made herself empress of China.
Catherine the Great started out as timid german princess marrying the next emperor of Russia who wouldn’t have sex with her and wanted to play with toy german soldiers all day. Luckily she knew from the start that she just wanted Russia’s crown. After battling for power in Russia’s royal court she managed to flip the table and claimed the Russian throne-even while her husband was still emperor. Of course she managed to murder him, crown herself empress and then proceed to lead Russia into its golden age.
I did all this research on royal women in history because I was tired of seeing Marie Antoinette and Cleopatra being celebrated again and again and again when there is obviously all these other great sassy and stylish Queen Bees that exist in our history. Then I created three illustrations to celebrate these bad ass ladies and the culture they thrived in.
In honor of woman’s history month I’d like to take a moment to thank the women who came before me, the women standing beside me and the women who will carry the torch of our future.
I’ve been in Halestorm for nearly 20 years. If it wasn’t for our “Fore Mothers of Rock n Roll” who came before me, I may not be where I am today. They showed me that it was possible, and that even with all the odds against you, and obstacles in your way… you can achieve your dream. They did not give in, they did not quit, they did not wither. They were a powerful force in inspiring and encouraging me to go after My dream.
It’s a reminder, ladies, of how important it is for us to encourage one another. We must be examples, and show our fellow femmes that society’s definition of a “woman” is false. To be a Woman is not One idea of what a woman should be. We are the sum of many women who were brave enough to take risks, carve paths, stand out and be unapologetically themselves. All the great women of history were not the ones who followed the rules, or kept their eyes to the ground. No, all the great women thinkers, inventers, artists and leaders were the woman who broke from the chain, and swam against the current.
As girls we are taught from an early age that beauty is our number one priority. We play with dolls we will never look like, we have make up kits and sticker earrings, glitter and pink. We wear dresses, are told not to get dirty, to be perfect, to be seen and not heard. We learn that “pretty” equals acceptance and love.
We are taught as young ladies that the world is a scary place, and that we should get married and settle down lest we die alone. And be sure to have a few kids before it’s too late and your ticking time bomb of a body blows up! And we need products! Products to grow our hair, soften our face, melt the fat, plump our lips, grow our tits, erase scars and stretch marks, make our asses bigger or smaller… because without all these things we are undesirable and therefore not worthy of love.
As we begin to grow, ask questions, and find ourselves as women, everything that makes us happy is somehow wrong…
They say, Be independent, but know your place. Make money, but not too much. Be smart, but not too smart, be strong but not too strong or you’ll be a bitch. If you like sex, you’re a slut, if you drink you’re a lush, if you cut your hair your a dyke, if you like rock n roll and metal obviously you’re on a path to hell. We are told that to be women we need to be the Un-be-able, and because societies view of women is such an unattainable goal… inevitably every women loses.
Before I go on, I must be clear that This post is not about a double standard. This is Not about boys vs girls. Because our boys are taught some pretty warped things too about what it means to be a “man”. This post is about the the history of women, battling social “standards” and the evolution of women as we move forward.
I stand on my meager platform, as a women I have fought to proudly do what I love everyday, I am living proof that it is possible and I am in a rare position to encourage… and empower.
So, Let’s empower, encourage and teach our girls to be strong, to be smart, to be independent, to ask questions, to be tolerant, to be kind, to be fierce, to love, be passionate and to dream. Show them that their beauty lies within their individuality and doing things that truly make them happy. Lets wear sizes that fit us, not try to fit into sizes that society tells us we should be fitting into. Let’s Get dirty, climb trees, be artists, mechanics, scientists, rockstars and presidents. Let’s stop listening to all the things we are supposed to be and truly start being who we are.
We are Women
Disclaimer: Types are
based on pure speculation and the dubious celebritytypes.com *ducks from flying
tomatoes* Nevertheless, these are all women who achieved great feats in their
lifetime (whether you find moral fault with them is arbitrary)
In honour of Women’s Day
(not to isolate my male audience or anything…but if you must know, Men’s day is
on Nov. 19 – you learn something new every day!) here are 16 unique women who
have led extraordinary lives:
MALALA YOUSAFZAI – ENFJ – Activist for female education &
youngest Nobel Prize laureate
“One child, one teacher,
one pen and one book can change the world.”
Hello everybody! These were all the capybara commissions I did at Five Points Festival in New York City. It was a really fun convention, especially if you were a toy collector. I got to meets lots of great women artists I’ve been in contact with online so that makes me happy. My table mate @stephaniehov and I felt out of place being in such a Comic con/pop culture environment because we had a lot of animal art (Stephanie has lots of comics though <3 check her out), but we met so many people who loved animals and talking about it with us. In the end I felt like we did as well as we could in a convention where we had to compete with food trucks, alcohol, toy and big publishing booths. That’s it for today! I hope you enjoy the silly capybaras!
I find it quite ironic that he loves making graffiti art of black people, because meanwhile many of us non-korean kpop/kmusic fans especially black kpop fans, spend so much of our time or are just particularly fond of drawing portraits of our favorite kpop biases. We’re often questioned by our non-kpop fan peers, family members, or a few haters here and there, why we’re always making drawings or sketches of people “who look nothing like you ” or supposedly “who dont like black/non-Korean people ”. And just like Royaldog said in the interview, its something that he loves doing. Im pretty sure people ridiculed him for spray painting black women wearing hanboks on buildings, but that’s what he loves doing and he’s amazing at that.
The lesson here: Do what you love to do, and do your absolute best at it. It might be tough at the start and there may be some people who wont appreciate what you do, but there will be many others who will. :)
“How long can I be a wall aroung my green property? How long can my hands Be a bandage to his hurt, and my words Bright birds in the sky, consoling, consoling? It is a terrible thing To be so open: it is as if my heart Put on a face and walked into the world.”
Thirty striking works by noted female artists appear in this eclectic collection. They range from conventional portraits, such as Vanessa Bell’s depiction of her sister, Virginia Woolf, to a pioneering abstract painting by Sonia Delaunay. Other landscapes, still lifes, and portraits include works by Frida Kahlo, Grandma Moses, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and other distinguished artists. Colorists can rely upon their own imaginations or be guided by the original paintings, as shown in the reproductions on the front and back covers.
Many female artists in the 18th century and earlier were popular and highly regarded during their lifetimes, but only became accepted as “great artists” until feminist art historians started focusing on their work in the mid-20th century. 16th and 17th-century artists like Sofonisba Anguissola (perhaps the first internationally famous female painter) Judith Leyster (one of the first female members of a major artists’ guild in Haarlem), Artemisia Gentileschi (the first woman to be admitted to the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Italy) and Mary Beale (the first professional female portrait painter in England) fell out of fashion, were forgotten, or had their works attributed to male artists after their deaths.
(I will note here that many male artists were often forgotten or considered unfashionable after their time, too - shifting styles meant that few artists were in constant favour. Male artists, however, became well-regarded again sooner, and were more easily accepted as great artists once scholarly focus returned to them)
The 18th century has much of the same patterns, but there are exceptions. Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun was the most famous female painter of the 18th century, the court painter to Marie Antoinette, a member of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, and once caused a minor scandal by painting a self portrait in which she showed her teeth (going against hundreds of years of portrait convention). She never really fell out of favour with the art world. Rosalba Carriera pioneered the use of pastels in portrait painting and was highly-sought after - during her first trip to Paris she painted Louis XV and was elected a member of the Académie française. She remained highly-regarded after her death, and was an important influence on Vigée Le Brun. Angelica Kaufmann was an Austrian painter and a founding member of the Royal Academy in London, and was also one of the few female painters who created history paintings (see below). She too remained popular throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
Even the fact that women artists were popular in their own lifetimes was a reason they were excised from the art historical record until feminist scholars started rehabilitating them. You see this with writers too - many female novelists in the 18th and 19th centuries (with notable exceptions) wrote books that were very widely read, which scholars then considered “popular” and therefore not high art (especially because early novels had a large female readership).
Whether female artists were held to the same regard as male artists is a more difficult question. An important factor here is the types of art that were considered “great.” For a long time, academic art (a style that grew out of the influence of the art academies in Europe, particularly the French Académie des Beaux-Arts) was held as the highest standard. Women largely were not allowed into the academies. In the late 18th century, the Académie des Beaux-Arts decided not to admit any at all, though previously there had been a very small percentage of female members. Academic art - and, therefore, the whole art world at the time - valued the hierarchy of genres, which considered the best kind of genre to be history painting - religious, historical, mythological, or classical subjects, often done on huge canvases. Because women weren’t allowed into the academies, they often didn’t have the opportunity or training to produce works like this - for example, history paintings, especially classical subjects, featured a lot of naked men, and as women were not allowed into academic life drawing classes with nude male models they didn’t have access to one of the major subjects of what was considered high art; hence, no “great” works by female artists, little to no scholarly focus on the work of female artists from the 18th century and beyond, and few female artists in the art historical canon (the paintings that are celebrated, put in museums, taught in classes) until the 20th century.
Hi Amy! I was talking to my mom last week about the artists that I study for my art history classes, and it reminded me that outside of specialized classes there are not a lot of women artists studied. I was wondering if perhaps you have a famous woman artist that you could share with me, or perhaps anthologies of female artists? (Also if any of your followers have one's they'd like to share with me they're free to message me). Thanks! Kristin
You have made an excellent observation. We don’t usually study women artists in most art history classes because art [in the Western world] has historically & traditionally been the domain of men. Women were generally denied access to artistic training and excluded from studios except as models.
Occasionally, when (or if) a woman did become trained in painting or sculpting and demonstrate talent, it would shock male viewers and collectors to the point that owning a work by, say, Artemisia Gentileschi became a point of pride - of fetish, if I can use that word - because it was made by a female artist, an “Other.” This wasn’t all bad; women artists sometimes received more commissions, steady work, and even high honors (e.g., medals, invitations to exclusive academies, invitations to royal courts, etc.) as a result.
In truth, Linda Nochlin has addressed this issue far better than I ever could in her seminal essay Why have there been no great women artists?I encourage you to give it a read, if you haven’t already (full text linked to).
There are a few known, successful female artists in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, many trained by their fathers or other relatives; Lavinia Fontana, Sofonisba and Lucia Anguissola, Judith Leyster, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Fede Galizia come to mind as women artists who are beginning to enter the “canon” of art history.
“I was never really the type of kid to follow a trend or, like, do something cause everybody else was kinda doing it. Like, I wanted to do something cause I wanted to do it. And it was like, whatever made me happy, so like if I want to wear something that was a bit weird or a bit crazy or whatever and people were like, it’s not really that cool, and I’d be like, I’ll decide that. And I’ll wear it if I wanna wear it.”
I was always encouraged to think; they (parents) championed the idea of the independent woman. You spend a lot of time studying and you want to do something with that. Something that’s tangible like creating a show, writing a screenplay, making a difference.
Sophie Hunter, Artist
This quote always stuck with me because I love the that her parents instilled in her to be her own person, to educate herself first and persue her own interests. So many of us are brought up with the notion that women are just born to be daughters and mothers and to be caretakers for the rest of the world, and there’s nothing wrong with that, if that is what you do, but so many times we put ourselves on the back burner and don’t persue our passions, and for Sophie her passions are the arts and charity work. Now that she is a mother and a wife that doesn’t mean her independence just fades away, her passions don’t get put on the back burner, she is still very much an independent woman.