This piece is a collage I did for my Integrated Studio class. Through this collage, I want show the division between the domesticity of American women vs. women in the workforce. Women in America are often categorized and stereotyped. I want to protest against this sexist way of thinking through my art work, because women should not have to be categorized. Women have the ability to be both successful in the workforce and successful domestically. One of these people who inspire me are Rachel Zoe. Rachel Zoe is the first designer to build a nursery within her workplace for herself and employees to nurse their children so that they don’t have to leave work. Rachel Zoe shows that women can have it all if the stereotype of the domestic woman is defeated.
This theme of gender inequality and sexism are themes I have a major emotional connection to. These themes have helped me discover not only who I am as an artist, but also who I am and want to be as a woman. Growing up in the south, I was never able to express myself the way I do through my art at Parsons, and these themes have really allowed me to grow more conscious, confident, and more educated on these injustices. In comparison, when I get dressed in the morning to look good, I do it for myself not for others. I do it to make myself feel good, because I enjoy being a woman and I feel power through my femininity. In other words, I can be a woman of respect and power in the workforce while keeping true to my femininity.