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"Maybe you should explain how I’m hurting you, so I can decide if your complaint is legitimate or not."
I worked on several promos and character references for this graphic novel with Lee Zyu, a writer and illustrator. I started by photographing the character refs (Elyn, the main character, is actually based on model Kirst Callahan) and Lee and I finished the images and layout together. I can’t take any credit for the text / story, but I thought this was a cute panel.
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The great challenge in making images about women is that you confront an audience—even the curators and critics and the very classically “educated” parts of your audience—that have been expressly socialized to see women as decorative objects, devoid of any other qualities. These are people who can write 10,000 words about everything Monet’s Water Lilies are and mean and experience—the way they are arranged, the color, the style, the artist, the timing, the innate philosophy of the work—but if you show them an image depicting a woman, all they have to say about it is, “oh, how pretty.”
Outside my window right now.
Moon over Portsmouth, NH
Source: Flickr / daitozen
I could take my dress off
and show you the crooked curve where my spine veers off a natural course
Into an unfortunate tangle of ligaments and bone
but I should not have to.
I should not have to bare my breasts, and body
and allow you to perform an exam
of my tropic of vertebrae
and my one hunched shoulder
and my bulging.
You are not my doctor.
I should not have to peel pack the layer of personhood
and give you access to me, my skeleton, what is and was me
in order for you to believe
that I am in pain.
You are not the brain
connected to my body.
You are not in control here. You do not control me, my life, my actions,
and you do not get to decide where it hurts.
You are not the final arbiter
of whether I am hungry enough to eat
tired enough to sleep
screaming enough to breath
contorted enough for paralysis
You don’t experience my feelings. I do.
You should not have to, and I should not have to let you.
These two photos were taken before and after a supernova explosion. The first image (a) shows the location of the star before the explosion, and the second images shows (b) the flash of light emitted by the supernova explosion. This explosion was photographed in 1987, but actually took place about 170,000 years earlier (it took 170,000 years for the flash of light to reach Earth). Supernova explosions occur in large stars. The energy released by these explosions can synthesize elements with up to 92 protons. (via Physical Geology Today – Origin of the Chemical Elements)
Enjoy this delightful lack of evidence that I spent $15k studying #art at uni. #acrylic #painting #pastel #ocean #seacoast #moon #moonscapes
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