The Wonder I Forgot
My childhood wonder for feminine and fantastical things has been put in a box labeled “un-chill” by my own self-internalized misogyny. As I have grown as an artist I realize this is an issue many other women face. We are often left to hide away our femininity unless it follows the guidelines the hegemonic patriarchy has drawn out for us, making all things outside of that box to be less-than and not taken seriously. On the other hand, typical pretty things have also been deemed less-than, making it hard to call myself a femininst even though I love make-up and high heels and all things glitter. I want to investigate the urges I have for the feminine and explore my own definitions of femininity. I am using photography and fantastical worlds to help me explore this tension between the words pretty and feminine in a different light.