Who wants to be a Nest anyway? All of those vultures claiming, discussing and manipulating your reproductive organs like they are public property. All hail The Great Mother. The beauty and glory is celebrated by others while woman becomes mere vessel, rooted, faceless, serving the needs of the greater good, determining her value to others, and eventually to herself, through this becoming of The Nest. Meanwhile, the vultures keep reaping the benefits, chattering, tending to The Nest. What is a Woman's Worth?
This painting is part of a series of provocative paintings exploring the question of what defines A Woman’s Worth? These works were created from a young woman’s experiences, confronting Feminist, Womanist and Humanist topics of personal and global interest in the mid to late 90’s. The series leans toward dark, surrealistic, symbolic and highly stylized feminine imagery. It covers a wide emotional spectrum exploring the value placed on female fertility, intellect, strength, beauty and the sexuality of women. These extremely personal works question the artist's position as well as women in the world at large. The goal of the work was to ignite a conversation toward awareness and change, to discuss what it means to be female and how we can continue to redefine and improve perception and conditions.
A Woman's Worth. Painting Series. Acrylic Paint on Canvas by Amy E. Fraser (1995-97). All images copyright Amy E. Fraser. All rights reserved.
November 25th, 2019
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