Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 50 x 70 cm
It's an artist perspective on the female experience.
For much of the history of western philosophy, the body has been conceptualised as simply one biological object among others, part of a biological nature, which our rational faculties set us apart from, as well as an instrument to be directed, and a possible source of disruption to be controlled.
𝘐𝘵'𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘺.
𝘐𝘵'𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘍𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦.
Joan of Arc
A minor irony of 1920 was that the Roman Catholic Church canonized a teenage peasant girl, Joan of Arc, it had burned back in 1431. A non-ordinary teenage peasant, a girl-turned-war commander, Joan of Arc did her utmost to defeat English forces who had invaded France. She advised the heir to the French throne and even led forces in war from 1429 until 1431 when she was captured. The young heroine was then burned at the stake as a heretic and sorcerer by the English.
Heresy was a capital crime only for a repeat offence; therefore, Joan of Art offence of "cross-dressing". Since wearing men's hosen enabled her to fasten her hosen, boots and doublet together, this deterred rape by making it difficult to pull her clothes off. She was evidently afraid to give up this clothing even temporarily, as the woman's dress offered no such protection.
Nonetheless, at the trial in 1431, she was condemned and sentenced to die. Boyd described Joan's trial as so "unfair" that the trial transcripts were later used as evidence for canonizing her in the 20th century. Joan of Arc became a semi-legendary figure for the four centuries after her death.
The executioner, Geoffroy Thérage, later stated that he "greatly feared to be damned for he had burned a holy woman."
Blenda is the heroine of a Swedish legend (Blendasägnen) from Småland. Blenda led the rural women of Värend in an attack on a pillaging Danish army and annihilated the invaders.
Atalanta was ancient Greek mythology fearless female heroines.
Femme Fatale Aesthetic:
Chang, A. (2016) How Female Lovers Were Cast as Dangerous Femmes Fatales in 19th-Century Art, Artsy. [link]
Shakespeare's Unruly Women - Folgerpedia (2021). [link]