In response to listening to rap music, artist Brianna Suslovic said, “On one hand, I found myself spitting lyrics and pop-lock-dropping to the beats. On the other hand, I took personal offense when my favorite artists chose to glorify misogyny and homophobia.”
There are various types of art, and everyone reacts and creates differently, making for a vast pool of visuals. When it comes to feminist art, it remains ever-changing and popular. In Brianna Suslovic’s case, she embroiders women’s lingerie with rap artist’s lyrics. The quote above captures her confusion with experiencing the music, and highlights their songs with words such as “I swear I’ll never call you a B**** again,” amongst other expletives and sexual references.
Her statements are powerful, and although points the finger at rappers, it’s important to note that they are not the only ones to blame. While easy targets, they are byproducts of a culture that needs revision. In society, they are the ones that are capitalizing on these kinds of values and remaining famous and wealthy.
Much of the art history in terms of women has been made in the eye of men, and is presented in a way that pleases the male population. This rings true in ancient times, as well as your average contemporary advertisement. This system has never fully considered how the woman wants to be presented, or how she perceives herself.
Other artists highlight feminism through photography. Laura Stevens or Lulu Lovering, who take woman into nature and domestic locations in order to cultivate a message. Photographers such as Phebe Schmidt humorously play on the sexualized representations of women in the media, leaving photos as provocative statements that cannot go unnoticed.
Art has the potential to create change and push thoughts and ideas into the minds of society. The feminist movement is known to be loud, and art, although silent, is one of the loudest avenues for the revolution. Their work has been able to create conversation and communication between the public, artists, and more importantly, genders.
If you are interested in seeing more feminist art, What Women Create, check out our article that focuses on the past and present of the feminist art movement and how it continues to take shape in today’s culture.