My work showcases images of creatures, inanimate objects, and figures thought of as castoffs to the public. I then take these castoffs and bring them out of submission, creating representations of my own and the female population’s struggles. Inspired by artists Louise Bourgeois and Cindy Sherman, I applied a feminist philosophy to my own ideas, using my particular skills. While their central work is not echoed in mine, their ideas of oppression and stereotypes are communicated in my drawings.
The birds are representational as both the oppressed population of women throughout history and the society that is degrading women. As seen in images 3, 7 and 9 this is shown through blue and gray tones of pigeons and sparrows in order to create a bleak and somber tone, which conveys the idea that the birds are submissive and seemingly dirty. Resistance of this oppression is seen in images 1-4 and 9-12 in the action of the birds and female figures fighting and struggling with the thread. The line of the thread also conveys resistance by creating tension, which is exemplified in images 1-4 and 9-12. The thread used in images 1-12 act as an homage to the traditional societal expectations of women. One of these expectations being the domestic task of sewing, represented in image 3, acting as one of the only art fields women were widely accepted until the mid-19th century. I also have acknowledged the 2nd wave of feminism during the mid-20th century through the bra being torn apart as a representation of how society is taught to tear apart femininity and how women are struggling against culture’s expectations of them, which is showcased in images 8 and 9. Then in images 10-11, I have also illustrated female figures to show how women are torn apart and degraded merely because of their sex.
AP Portfolio Score:5
Rationale for Score
In this concentration, the student has created a series of visually compelling feminist symbolic drawings.
In this concentration section:
- The concentration topic (“Ideas of oppression and stereotypes are communicated in my drawings. The birds are representational as both the oppressed population of women throughout history and the society that is degrading women.”) and the work presented are unmistakably and coherently integrated.
- The investigation of the concentration topic provides convincing evidence of informed decision making and discovery. The student uses composition and surface manipulation to develop and present ideas.
- The concentration clearly demonstrates an original vision, innovative ideas, and risk taking. The traditional handcrafts (stitching and embroidery, associated with women) are used both formally to draw and metaphorically to communicate the condition of women. Furthermore, the red thread is used to move the viewer’s eye across the space, connecting the images and creating emphasis.
- An evocative, engaging theme is sustained through all the work.
- The work is technically excellent; materials and media are used effectively to express ideas. Drawing conventions (rendering form, line quality, mark making, surface manipulation, and light/shade) are at an excellent level.