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Artist Statement


 My Art is about women’s sexualities, erotica, but also about speaking my truth on oppressive attitudes in our society when it comes to gender discrimination. I express through my paintings and drawings, as many aspects of women as I can, be it the beauty I see in my sisters or their pain and suffering as well as the joys and power of being a woman. It’s my purpose to raise awareness to the violence done to women and all females, to wrestle the male dominated scene of erotic art from the hands of misogyny and make it into something that celebrates us. My style and technique are also immersed in what was once the quasi sole domain and privilege of men in a man’s world. I reclaim all this and turn it towards my empowerment as a woman and as a professional artist. I have made it my own through hard work and years of study and practice, the messages and statements that are in my Art are of a distinctly feminist nature, of a visual vocabulary which honors and loves all women.

As for myself, I’m a queer femme-artist who just happens to also be a woman of transsexual origin. In short, I was born with a male body, my mind ( me ) knew itself to be female and so was trapped until, as an adult, I was able to afford the surgeries that would finally bring into harmony, mind and body. Today, as a woman who has come into her own, who is more empowered, self-assured and aware, I realize how the whole of my life has brought me on a path so particular and unique as to inform and guide me as an artist.

Some years ago, inspired by “ The Vagina Monologues “ play as well as from the completion of my personal physical transition, I created a series of pieces on vaginas. They have been showcased in a few V Day art shows and events and were part of a Solo show of my Art in May of 2010. The feeling of empowerment, for me, came in a big part, from my own vagina. I have been greatly influence by many great women, some historical, others fictional and also by my sister, close friends and wonderful acquaintances.

My paintings maintain this constant in that I celebrate women, those who are empowered, those who are downtrodden, those who are invisible and those who are despised, hated, feared and oppressed, beaten and abused. I use mostly oils on canvas as a way to create my Art and communicate my feminist, lesbian and woman’s view of the amazing world of femininity, female power and sense of pride of everything women oriented and supportive.

Circé


Posted by Circé on May 18, 2011

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