Final Project Rape & Gender RolesLook around you , and find out about more about the person sitting beside you!
In art there will always be a story behind a painting or a photograph, and its those stories that make the artwork. For this project I wanted to focus on the aspect of rape and how women were treated. I used artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi and Frida Kahlo. I began with a simple story about my history because my way of being an artist is by preaching my story. Being that I can't draw my story I focused on using a mirror, only because our reflect is what tells us a story about ourselves. But artist like Artemisia Gentileschi, as we all know is a very well know artist who painted her story about rape. Rape is an act should be look upon more than anything, rape can happen to anyone surrounding one another. More detailed facts about Rape, can be found on my slide share page. Not only did I focus on the facts about rape on the slideshare but on my paper I spoke about the trial that Artemisia Gentileschi had to go through as well as her other works. Than I spoke about Frida Kahlo and how she suffered a lot with her love life and not being able to bare kids. I compared a similar story about my mother who was glad to let me preach to my peers about her hardships in her lifetime with my father. Frida Kahlo inspired me to go beyond my work and have my story be heard.
Rape awareness such as Project Unbreakable created by Grace Brown. She works with survivors of sexual assault photographing then holding a poster with a quote from their attacker. Being that I have reached out to people with my story I wish to continue and reach out to more than just my community. Other rape awareness projects address the issue by using rape victims and having them preach their word to other just like I am doing in my class. I am trying to tell my own classmate that the person next to you has a history just like everyone else. I would like to start my own awareness by having people look in the mirror and tell their own story by their own reflection of themselves. It would help other to build their confidence as a woman or a man to reach out to others who could help them. Art has so many histories behind it and everyone in this world is a piece of art, we each have our own story to tell.
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