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05 April 2010 @ 03:02 am
Don't Worry, He Paid Good Money For This.  

Ya know, I've often been told that I don't draw like a girl. My first encounter with this is when I was fourteen when a woman, a friend's mother, picked up a drawing of a drooling, disgusting monster (I drew a lot of monsters back then, still do I guess), not knowing who had done it, upon finding out that I had drawn it she exclaimed, "A girl drew this? A GIRL drew this?!"

I wasn't offended by this at all, just a bit confused. How was art by a girl supposed to look? Or on the flip side what makes art "masculine"? Should art have a gender? I've had my art judged differently once the viewer found out it was created by a female, work they deemed sexist suddenly became ironic. Is it possible to separate the artist from their work? Bah, these are question I've been asking my whole life and I'm still no closer to an answer.

Has anybody else out there had a similar experience? Have any ladies out there surprised people with their artistic prowess? Any guys out there suffer from mistaken art-gender identity? I know my husband, Robin, has disappointed a few people when they discovered he wasn't a girl drawing extreme porn.
AVIV spelled backwards is VIVA.aviv_really on April 5th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
I would love your work even if you were a snail!
Hmmm.. Actually..... I wonder how "snail art" would look like, since they don't have gender issues at all. They're almost entirely blind though, that's quite a setback.

Why am I jabbering about snails? I am so sorry.

I've found out that you're a girl at the same time I've found out about your work, so... I dunno. All I can say is - it didn't surprise me that you weren't a man. But.. had you been a man, it wouldn't have surprised me either! Maybe you have a "unisex style"...? Maybe I just really don't give a shit about this sort of thing? Who knows.
I would have been surprised had you been a 9 year old kid, though. That's too much for me to handle.
Darryl Ayo Brathwaitenervousystem on April 5th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Not me. I am pretty racist against snails and mollusks. They slime into this country and take jobs away from decent, god-fearing bipeds and I tell you, I am flat out against it.

Stealing our jobs and our women with their flashy shells...IT AIN'T RIGHT, IT JUST AIN'T RIGHT.
AVIV spelled backwards is VIVA.aviv_really on April 5th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
It's true, they do shamelessly slime into countries all the god damn time. Yeah. I may need to rethink this whole snail thing...
Rebecca Dartr_dart on April 5th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
HaHa! Well, snails are hermaphrodites. Maybe they would be the perfect artists.