Female Perspectives was the theme that guided my final major project at my Foundation in Art and Design course at City Lit, London, in 2017.
This was my blurb:
Maria Ramil’s illustrations are inspired by conflicting messages in society. Fairy tales and magazines encourage women to seek happiness with a ‘prince’ or rich husband, yet in private most women are constrained by domestic chores and caring for others. These images intend to prompt gender role discussions between children and their parents.
… I am ashamed to admit I had read very little about feminism before I enrolled in the course, until some of the texts we worked on as part of the course piqued my curiosity. I decided to borrow some books from the library over Christmas.
I read several feminist books.
They touched a nerve. I felt much of my thinking, the opinions I had as I grew up made sense: the way I was brought up, my school syllabus, the books and magazines I had been reading when I was younger. All of them designed to make me (to make women and men) see the world in a particular way. To see myself as lacking regarding the way society wanted me to become.
There’s too much to discuss to fit in this page, and I suspect I will expand on my plans to explore, discuss, question and … make art (illustrations) about feminist topics in future blog posts. I plan to include a list of books I’ve read during the course and future ones.
… To be continued.