I’ve been taking a variety of quotes from Emma Watson’s UN speech on gender equality, my favourite being ;
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.”
I have made a few pieces of artwork based on this quote alone, but now i’m moving my art forward, by creating works around an adapted form of this quote.
I’m currently sewing into a blank sheet of canvas the words ‘I’M FREE TO BE’, where the sentence will be finished by the title of the painting. I’m planning on creating two final works, both with this quote sewn onto them. The first being titled ‘STRONG’, the second being titled ‘SENSITIVE’
This painting will be of a female. She will share a confrontational eye contact with the audience. Women are often shamed for being muscly, told that it is a masculine appearance. They are also stereotyped as being overly sensitive, unable to hold strength in emotional situations, so this title works in different levels.
This painting will be of a male. He will also share a confrontational eye contact with the viewer. Men after often shamed for showing any sign of emotion. ‘Boys don’t cry’ etc.