Bitches & Monet

The series Bitches and Monet is a project that explores the ways in which contemporary society has torn down the once sacred notions of women in art as symbols of beauty, femininity, strength and nurturance, and turned them into vulgar objects of overt sexual desires.

Throughout this project, I underwent a process of removing these women from their original context (in historical paintings) and isolating them into their own unique spaces. This is meant to recontextualize the role that women played in the art world. Separately, the images are printed on a sheer silk fabric, an intentionally chosen ‘feminine’ fabric that mirrors the fragile and soft nature of femininity. Lyrics from rap songs that relate to the context of the image are hand-stitched onto the fabric.

Women are constantly expected to reach a golden standard of being ‘sexy’ and provocative; but these expected characteristics are the very reason these same women are being labeled as ‘sluts’ or ‘whores’. This project is meant to shed a light on the ways in which women are represented in today’s society by creating a relationship between rap lyrics from mainstream artists and the re-appropriation of iconic women in art history.

Bitches & Monet Etsy Shop
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