with all the buzz surrounding feminist art now, as seen in various thematic shows cropping up, like MOCA's latest survey WACK! (which i have yet to see, but will) and the constant dialog amongst such activists like anonymous female artist and eva lake....i got to thinking....just what IS feminist art?
i've never considered myself feminist, although i'm all for advancing equality between sexes. but, when it comes to my art....i'm not thinking 'gender' when i make the stuff. hell, i don't even know if you can really TELL if a man or a woman made it. does it smack of femininity?....rage against the oppression of a male dominated society? i just don't know...and maybe i'm too close to it to even see.
i do know that i can name a helluva lot more male artists than female, which is my own damned fault. but, i found a great site, authored by michael delahunt, upon googling 'feminist art.' there's a ton of information and a gob of links..
"in my heart, i think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist."
gloria steinhem (1934-), american feminist writer.