The Environmental Portrait that I did of Konstanze is not written in a descriptive way where I would portray every objects one by one, I decided not to mentioned these objects in her room because she is not about appearances. I wanted to deeply focus on her personality, threw her minds and her strong believes, in a concrete but also conceptual way. Keepig the formal and informative aspect of the newspapers was really key to me. Beeing to direct would not feat with the format, and also it would be to intimate for her modest personality .
I choose to paint the newspapers in white and red because these are her favorite colors and I think it really goes with her revolutionary believes (red being a strong color), and white representing her sweet personality. I didn’t painted randomly, we can see a little bit of writtings under the painting because she really likes reading them and she is strongly politically oriented and never got influenced from the medias that are sometimes fake. Thats why I painted on top of what is said, that means that she creates barriers between what she read, and what she remembers and tries to have her own opinion.
Here is the article :
Konstanze Stroiber, the strong revolutionnary woman figure of the 21st century :
Konstanze, great revolutionary artist
“I believe that the art of the messages retranscribed in the real world of fashion, is one of the mediums that allows most to shape our cultures”.
This fight of identity, she wants to extend it in the world of art and especially in fashion. At the age of 17, she began to associate activism and culture, which ultimately constituted her two passions. In autumn 2017, she presented her first creations of embroidered clothing with activist messages in English or German, she said :
“Was der geist nicht sieht kann das auge nicht wissen”, « The eyes can’t know what the soul can’t see », from an article of the independent on world poetry day.
Konstanze, ambassador for diversity
Very early in her way of thinking, and in her commitments, Konstanze revealed her audacious side by asserting her femininity in the eyes of all the world in the magazine the “ELLE” in Austria, unfolding the curves of her body in a serie of large-format prints, reinterpreting those of the artist Yves Klein and her fingerprints of pulpy women.
“As a young woman, I have gone through painful, embarrassing, uncomfortable phases … But thanks to women like Toni Morrison and Angela Davis, and lots of other women of character, I had absolutely nothing to change in me, we can not be stifled, we are made to express our joy, our love, our sadness, we are made to be strong and audacious. »
« Many girls take privileges that came with the fight against gender norms and people who fought for those for granted. I do not. I plan on revolting against the standards of the Twenty-First-Century as for future generations rely on us, like we relied on past generations until we, as a community, reach total equality. When I was in puberty, being about thirteen years old, I faced troubles visualizing my personality in terms of fashion. As nearly every girl, I was insecure and rather than looking fashionable I just desired to look right, to be transparent. Other girls started having feminine features and displayed these so I followed their example. I thought showing skin seemed provocative, seductive and would grant me attention by surrounding male members. I thought by granting men the dominant space and voluntarily becoming the second sex would grand me dominating the gender hierarchy but I happened to become the faceless, characterless object of desire, which I did not intend to remodel into. »
Konstanze, ambassador of her generation
If the young woman wants to convey her messages through her art, the first way she finds her inspiration lies in reading and arts. Konstanze Stroiber committed herself through photos as artistic as societal, all accompanied by a text more or less long on “acceptance” of ourselves.
“Living together and respecting each other » is the universal message that she constantly discloses. And if she considers some Afro-American stars as role models, Konstanze becomes a model for young people of her generation. Through her notoriety, she speaks on behalf of all these African-American girls and women, on behalf of young people who feel different about their sexuality, their physical, their social life.
Konstanze, or a strong point of view
For the young woman, fashion design is not just a visual form of self-reflection as it also reflects the social and political changes our community undergoes. She is fascinated by the clash of different cultures, and thats why she applied to the pretigious « New School » of fashion Parsons Paris. The differents point of views and ethnicities but also enables an open-minded view regarding the history of fashion in different cultures are the major aspect that Konstanze loves in the Parsons challenges. Konstanze believes strongly that Fashion is the evidence that a visual form of self-expression exists and after challenging constricted ways of ‘female’ representation she felt more like herself than she did ever before.
An article by Alice Le Ster, 10/01/2017
Here are the pictures representing my newspaper :