Gender is a word used to describe physical qualities as well as implications of social roles for the sexes. Gender is a representation of the social expectations placed upon both males and females in society. While being a social acknowledgement of personal identity, Gender creates a hierarchy in a structural sense (semiotics, literature, philosophy). Gender roles place both men and women into a repressive state. Feminist theory is involved with the way in which gender influences our concept of knowledge. Post-structuralist feminist theorist, Hélène Cixous states in her essay ‘Sorties’ (1975) that through social structures males and females are put in a logocentric coupling of activity/passivity (Cixous, 146). The concept of gender in Feminism connects to the ideas of literature and writing. In ‘Sorties’, Cixous expresses her ability to let go of her gender role and embrace her “bisexual” self in recognition of her gender. “Bisexuality — that is to say the location within oneself of the presence of both sexes…” (Cixous, 148). In terms of male gender Cixous says that because of males instinct for control, as well as their fear of castration (Freudian Psychoanalysis), they are unable to express themselves through writing as well as women (Cixous, 148-149).
Gender will always have an influence on cultural theory, and the roles will always exist, change and evolve through time. Feminist theory runs parallel with gender roles, creating a twofold relevance for both concepts in culture. Gender is a representation of difference that will always be identified and deliberated in ideologies to be developed in the future.
Hélène Cixous. ‘Sorties’ (1975). Intro to Cultural Theory coursepack. Ed. Randy Lee Cutler. Vancouver: Kinkos, 2010.
With my time dedicated to drawing I strive to discover my true influences and inspirations while answering the question of why I want to draw. I have begun to notice aspects in my surroundings I haven’t before, for example, garbage left behind, spills, and writing/drawings on the walls of bathrooms and buildings. Through a surge of taking the transit, I have been intrigued to portray a viewable point of view in my artwork. In other words, I want to display an object/sight with a feeling of an apparent glance.
I want to depict in a fleeting manner, which is a way that people in everyday life look over such things. In these drawings I intend to focus on various items that are overlooked because of commonness, and in some cases, lack of external beauty. The reason I find this intriguing is because the subject matter is approachable for everyone, but is unnoticed for certain reasons. I am attracted to objects that have a human impression or even can be considered mistakes or accidents. With focus on impermanent objects/images that will not remain for long, I will embrace and interpret their temporary life. They are overlooked whether they were time consuming to create, or a simple item left behind. I want to take this ordinary disregarded subject and transform it. The work will possess it as an object that should be noticed, revealing the peculiar and intrigue in the ordinary.
Working with mediums including conte, pastel, paint and ink, I am going to use personal techniques to increase interest in formal elements, specifically texture. By guiding my material practice in an experimental direction, I strive to create a body of work that will lead to multidisciplinary artistic discovery.