The four images above are a series of different ways of showing the two genders within one image, I wanted to look into the way the two could become one. Here I explored with the ways that the face is constructed and what distinct features make the face either male or female. Here I played with the eye, nose and mouth area, I wanted to swap them around for change them to create facial features that look masculine and feminine. I quite like the look of Fig.2 because I believe that being able to see the different features of a male and female as well as stereotypical female or male hair helps to enhance the image. I would like to take this idea further and continue this double manipulation and exposure change.
The article attached below is showing the work of Wynne Neilly, who photographs the progression of going from female to ‘male’. I found this work would be good for my project because it is showing the progression of a person from female to male and how it is showing both genders in one series of work. I would like to use the idea of showing both genders in one series/work.
The four images above are what I would like to look into when creating my visual work. I would like to use the idea of layering and double exposure. Fig.1 I like to take inspiration from the most because I feel it can help show the idea of showing the two genders in one image, being able to use different exposures and layers to show something else. From Fig.2 and Fig.4 I would like to take that idea of using double exposure but still being able to see through the layer and see the face.
The two images above are edits that I have created and I am exploring the ideas of layering and exposure. I have chosen images of one male and one female. I decided to have them black and white because I feel that it adds to the chilling idea of being two people in one body, and that gender can be mixed. I like both images and would like to explore this further.
Visual Activism – Visual Activism is the use of visual means to portray a message related to a certain issue in society or world-wide.
Citizenship – a persons place within a time or place.
Change Agents – A person in or out a group/ movement/ organization that helps to transform/ positively change it. For example change effectiveness, improvement and development.
Cultural critics – is a critic that is given to a culture, could be considered as a generalization of the particular culture involved.
Protest – a statement or movement expressing dislike or objectification towards something. Protests can be peaceful or violent.
Resistance – refusing or resisting to comply / accept something. This could be social or political.
Agency – an action or intervention producing a certain effect. For example, an invasion of a country could result in an on-going effect of change.
Social Responsibility – this suggests that the ethnicity of a person or organization, has an obligation to benefit society as a whole.
This article touches on a model called Adrian Bernal who is fronting a magazine article around the ideas of gender-bending. Here he is dressed in clothing like plastic skirts, masculine kilts and vests. In contrast to the clothing, he has a buzz cut look and even though he has a masculine look to him, the clothing chosen is blurring the lines between the two genders.
From this I believe that this is breaking the gender stereotypes and showing what is part of being a person in the 21st century citizen and how gender plays a big part in what person you actually are.
(Article link below)
Kelly Reemtsen is a fine-arts painter who paints pictures of women from the neck down to the calfs who are wearing 60s styled dresses. In the paintings the figures hold some type of tool like an axe or spade. I found this artist interesting because it is taking two stereotypical objects and putting them into one image.
I really like the way she has introduced these two stereotypes into one image and I would love to use this idea when creating my final work.
(Artist page below)
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