As part of Women x Women mural tour hosted by Tictail x Absolut Art, I was asked to create a self portrait.
The selfie is how a lot of women reclaim their identity and self worth. While I personally have a fundamental issue with this culture, I can't ignore that it is a very important signifier of change & progress in culture that is in sync with technology. The self portrait is not just limited to artists and photographer, but anyone, in any emotional and physical stage, at any given time or place, have the ability to capture him or herself.
Self portraiture is a thoughtful reflection, an ode -whether praise or scrutiny- to self. While a selfie is also a similar tool, I argue the ease and accessibility of the process can take away from the conversation a woman needs to have with herself.
In 1989, feminist activists the Guerrilla Girls famously reported that less than 5% of the works in the Modern Art section at the Met were by female artists—but that 85% of the nudes were women. In 2012, the group did a recount. The numbers had barely changed.
In response to this, Tictail and Absolut Art have partnered together to launch Women x Women, a discovery based art-tour in New York City’s Lower East Side that highlights emerging female artists and puts female representation back into the hands of women.