Activists, Art, Inspiration, Politics, Tradition

On Sexual Assault & The Perfect Indian Woman

Ancient mythology holds no shame when speaking out for male privilege. Rape was a common thing, as common as disease and war that even the gods were entitled to possess their female counterparts without consent. Remember the story in which Hephaestus attempts to rape Athena, or the one where Zeus sexually assaults Hera (yes, his wife!)? Stories like these predominated in the beliefs of Athenians and influenced their mundane activities. Women were property and held no rights other than those granted by the protection of men. What is more concerning is that Western culture has appropriated Ancient Greece as its birthplace. There sure are amazing things to learn from ancient times, but how can facts be ignored?

When I came across Kanika Kaul’s Behance, I had to share her post because it sparks hope. Her project, which she so perfectly titled The Perfect Indian Woman, is a reminder of how powerful satire can be. Kaul’s art work challenges social conventions, where women are subordinates of men, by making fun of the ‘perfect’ Indian woman. It consists of 5 posters, digitally designs, crafted as instructions to achieve such perfection: “Step 1. Obtain lots of dowry…Step 2. Stay at home…Step 3. Say no to jeans…Step 4. Embrace violence…Step 5. Be inert…”. Check them out, they’re awesome!

Kanika Kaul 2015

Kanika Kaul 2015

Kanika Kaul 2015

Kanika Kaul 2015

Kanika Kaul 2015

Kaul is from Mumbai, India, and is just starting out in communications design. If you enjoyed what she did, here’s a link to her Behance. Kanika, you rock!

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Art, Drawing, Inspiration

Beastliness, according with Alexandra Bastien

Didn’t you love colouring as a child?  For Montreal colour pencil artist, Alexandra Bastien, this love never died.

Of course it didn’t.

Dedicating more than 40hrs a week per piece, Alexandra brainstorms first, then gets a model to pose for her, and moves on to sketching. Her technique consists on colouring fifty layers of colour (50 layers!!!), which she proceeds to ‘strip’ to expose the first layer on a texturized surface that will induce to a glazer finishing.

The pencil brands she favours: Prismacolors Premier, Derwent Colorsoft and Faber-Castell Polychromos, or so she claims in an interview with CPSC when presented as their March 2011 Featured Artist.

Moreover, unless the text in her website is a lie, inspiration comes from her surrounding reality and from being fascinated with people.

I  now leave you with images from “Taming the Beast”, her most recent exhibition series dedicated for women “so they can break the chains of their fears, fully assume their femininity and feel their inner power again”, as she wrote in her artist statement. Enjoy!

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First Graze

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Mayday

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To Do

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Beware I Come

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Isolation

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Maternal Instinct

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Metempsychosis

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Unwinding

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Brace Yourself

Don’t forget to check out her Artist Statement to understand the concept behind “Taming the Beast”!

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