In 5 instructional HD Videos, I take you step by step though how to make this highly textured and sparkly mixed media painting of Marie Antoinette!
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Isn't it interesting that what is considered an acceptable androgynous silhouette is minimalistic and masculine. Ruffles and glitter and dangly things and CURVES and color are seen as girly, and girly is seen as frivolous, as over the top, as emotional. As weak.
If you listen to big cities, serious art is minimalistic too. You dont see much glitter in New York galleries unless it is on a 6 foot penis making a political statement. ( Ref: Actually it was Portland Oregon, 2016). Glitter as a deliberate and enjoyable aesthetic? Never.
You also dont see serious men wear frilly shirts, but that wasn't always so. In the late 1700s Baroque and Rococo was the norm, in music, theater, fashion, art, hairstyles. Pastels, graceful curves, ornament, MORE WAS MORE.
Until 1836 when depressed poets started to call frilly style 'frivolous' and in 'poor taste', and replaced Rococo with a return to Neoclassicism - those Greek loving minimalist lines. Democracy comes from the Greeks, but do you have any idea how they treated women? Men went to school and were politicians and women were not allowed to leave the house, except for a funeral. Our love of democracy is deeply tied to the enslavement of women. https://www.ancient.eu/article/927/women-in-ancient-greece/
That is why Marie and her frills are so important to me. No, I dont want a Queen living the high life while I starve, but femininity needs to be injected into all of our attire.
Minimalism as an ideal, "represents a threat unique to women... .and with this masculine, minimal ideal for style, also often comes the masculine, minimal ideal for what a womans body should look like. This body should have little to no curves and should also preferably be flat-chested. Anything that would hint at a feminine curve should be subdued and pushed in. I've taped my boobs to look rightfully minimalistic." - Amanda Brohman
Like Brohman, I too like to wear grey and straight lines once in a while, but frills need to be equated with importance and respect. We need boobs and curves and bows and afros with combat boots. Its okay my ruffles get dirty, I can role them up to change a tire. This is about claiming something. My art is the same - it is layered and complicated and has GLITTER. I don't care if it isn't taken seriously, I know what it means.
The tutus and tiaras are not for me to look pretty for men, they are for me.