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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.
Rebecca Dartr_dart on April 5th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
It would be an interesting experiment to create a cute, young female persona for your work and see how the reaction would differ. There was a great art hoax that happened a few years ago where a couple of newly graduated art students were frustrated by the fine art world, so they created an artist. They had a skater friend of theirs pose as a homeless kid who slept in the zoo and painted crude images of monkeys on pizza boxes. The art world ate it up, and paid big money for those pizza boxes. Sometime it's really the artist people are buying and not the art.
Darryl Ayo Brathwaitenervousystem on April 5th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Funny story--that almost happened.

First time I went to spx, same time I met Robin, I enlisted a friend, Catherine Lee to help me run the table and take breaks and such. Interest in my work spiked whenever went to the bathroom!

Pshhh, at least my mom thinks I'm handsome!