Despite the inequalities that continue to dominate the world of art, women are leaving their contributions in the realms of photography, visual art, and fashion. As the femme art lovers that we are, we’ve compiled a list of 5 women artist’s whose works of art have revolutionized that it means to be a woman in art.
Sandra is an illustrator and painter whose work consists of mixed media comic book collages and watercolor. Instead of tossing her comic book collection, Sandra found inspiration by recycling the books as cages on her art. Using the cages to mask the identity of women with her brash imposing paint technique, Sandra’s work symbolizes women trying to find freedom. One is captured by the amount of movement, color and emotion expressed in her artwork. Today’s twisted preconceptions of what a woman should or shouldn’t be are narrated in each and every one of her pieces.
Mickalene’s artistic vision becomes a window to emotion and beauty captured in still photographs. What sets Mickalene different from other artists is her source of inspiration, which includes her family and circle of friends. Mickalene herself has appeared in her poignant photography. Each photograph is as if you are looking at a reproduction of something as it relates to her life which began in Camden, N.J. Mickalene taps into a photographic landscape that we haven’t seen permeate in mainstream African-American media. It can be said that her photographs are an amalgamation of pop art, fashion, beauty and history.
A selection of her work may be viewed on display at the Aperture Gallery in New York City until March 17th, 2016.
If you want to feel like you’re wearing a jewelry piece taken from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, look no further than Laurel DeWitt. Her exquisite craftsmanship of cutting edge fashion accessories and designs have set her apart from other designers in the business. Earrings, necklaces, ornate head and shoulder pieces are just some of the custom designs that she offers. Laurel’s handmade designs are all made out of metal and are very extravagant in design and appeal.
If you haven’t seen Laurel’s work just yet, take a look at the floral crown that Beyonce wears in Coldplay’s video “Hymn for The Weekend”. Many of her crowns have been featured in galleries and museums. Follow Laurel for timeless female inspiration.
Black ballpoint ink. Sounds rather simple right? New York based artist and by the way of Nigeria, Ojih Odutola has created an amazing portfolio of work through ballpoint ink. Her self-portraits focus on the sociopolitical idea of skin color and explore the layers of blackness through personal and political themes. Ojih plays with the “what is black?” question through her work. She asks her viewers to reflect on these themes: “is it black because I drew it? Is it because it looks black? Is it because you think the figure is black?”
To get a sense of Ojih’s contemplative mind, she once stated, “Because a lot of it is just a filter and the filters get more and more obstructed by whatever people think the image is about and not really what it is.” Follow her introspective work online.
Swoon explores social and environmental issues through portraits and figurative installations. Her large and very detailed wheat pasted prints have earned Swoon street credit in Manhattan and Brooklyn. One of her iconic installations is currently at the Wynwood Walls in Miami. More than just brining awareness to environmental issues, Swoon is an active participant in organizations such as the Konbit Shelter Project and Transformation in Braddock Pennsylvania.