Womanhouse 1971-72

One of the first all women exhibitions, because of artists like this there is more support for women and women artists. The subjects we talk about in our art today is no less controversial to these, but yet they are supported because they changed how people saw women.

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Susan Frazier – Aprons in the Kitchen
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Susan Frazier – Aprons in the Kitchen
  • Frazier’s placement of these pieces in the heart of the home speaks volume – We are more than just a womb, more than child bearers.
  • You think of the cooking and other domestic duties women were expected to do, free labour, while the man works
  • “I want to undo these apron strings” – Susan Frazier. Get away from norm and create something for yourself.
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Judy Chicago – Menstruation Bathroom.
  • Menstruation was a taboo subject, not discussed and it needed to be discussed, it still is a subject not talked about in great detail. Something men still cringe at.
  • Menstruation bathroom is forcing you to discuss it.
  • Though in some cases not all women can relate to the problems of the taboo that goes with menstruation. Trans-women are still women though they can’t necessarily relate to the womb and periods.
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Kathy Huberland – Bridal Staircase

 

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Kathy Huberland – Bridal Staircase
  • Traditionally we are brought up to become wives and mothers, it is imbedded in us whether in Disney films about princesses marrying their prince or religion and other aspects of society.
  • Huberland looks at the not so dreamy side of getting married, some are forced into marriage and they loose a sense of where their lives are going, like they have no meaning other than to be a respectful house wife.
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Shawnee Wollenman – The Nursery
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Shawnee Wollenman – The Nursery
  • created an androgynous space to reflect the fact your early memories have no sex
  • Sex is not important / has no meaning. It is essentially just the sex organs you were given, she wants it to be nothing more than that, no stigmas or stereotypes.
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Faith Wilding – Crocheted Environment
  • Linked to primitive womb-shelters by women through the ages, but also have the added freedom of not having a function
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Robin Schiff – Nightmare Bathroom
  • “Ritual of confronting my nakedness… the fear of being intruded upon.”
  • the bathroom is where you feel most vulnerable, in your nakedness you are at your most vulnerable, you are unable to cover and protect yourself.
  • I felt like I could relate to Schiff’s work the most when reading about this exhibition. The vulnerability of the woman in the bath is something I feel often, you are forced to confront your body in its entirety.
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Karen LeCoq – Lea’s Room
  • putting layer upon layer of make-up – pain of losing beauty, pain of not being good enough in your natural skin, pain of having competition with other women.
  • Women are intimidated by having to maintain their beauty all the time, not feeling good enough without make-up
  • This is a massive issue which I think has only got worse in recent years, everybody wears make up and when you don’t you don’t feel like your good enough. Celebrities in the news because they don’t have make up on, not looking well because you haven’t got bronzer on to make you less pale.
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