Monday, December 01, 2008

Do you think there is such a thing as gendered technique?

Yes, some art techniques have become gendered in our society. Some examples would be sewing for women and the use of power tools for men. A woman artist can startle her viewer by using a 'male' technique or by using a feminine technique with male materials such as wire or steel.

When a artist uses sewing or housework as an art form she can either celebrate or question women's experience. A real communication quite often takes place through this kind of art because the viewer recognizes his or her own life experience within the art.

However, women who use sewing as an art form are likely to be marginalized. It's tough to infiltrate that modernist art system.

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