Taking a break from art, and focusing on my project management job, writing and music! Don’t worry if you don’t see me uploading for a while, I’m still here! :)
This sociopolitical art piece depicts how girls and women are weighed down by the social pressures to perform femininity, and adhere to beauty standards.
The feminine gender role is pretty. A girl or woman might not realise the weight of this ball and chain, because she is so used to it. She might look at it and rejoice in how pretty it is. That does not stop it being a burden that slows her down.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while. People often say things like “without pain there is no happiness” or “good exists only in relation to bad” etc.
I don’t think so.
If thing A and thing B both exist, and thing A and thing B are the opposites of each other - that does not necessarily mean that thing A would not exist without thing B.
The existence of thing B just highlights thing A more.
This is exactly what I wanted to show in this drawing. On the left is a bright and colourful garden, bursting with life, and on the right, a grey, gloomy sky over a lifeless plain. The contrast against the plain brings out the vibrance of the garden, and on the other hand, the contrast against the garden brings out the desolation on the plain.
Had I only drawn the garden, it wouldn’t be any less bright and colourful. Should I have only drawn the desolate plains, it wouldn’t be any less doom and gloom.
This is similar to what happens when you walk into a room smelling of rosy perfume, you’d enjoy the scent for a while, then as your nose becomes accustomed to the smell, you gradually stop noticing it. Or in a less pleasant situation, if you walk into a shed piled up with manure. Either way. When you have it good for a while, it becomes the norm, and pleasures no long please you. When you have it bad for a while, even the smallest of joys may bring a smile to your face.
I take back what I said before. Good things do only exist in relation to bad things but only in the realm of your perceptions - because you’d stop feeling good once you’re used to having it good, and you’d also stop feeling bad once you’re used to having it bad.
This is why the richest are the most greedy. This is why privileged people often don’t realise the privileges they are afforded, unless someone else points it out for them.
This is also why oppressed people are surprised when they are told that 90% of existence is oppression. We are this accustomed to it that we do not notice it any more. The system has done such a good job of fooling us, that we must be constantly reminded of our condition, in order to even realise the state of atrocity we live in.
Good things do not stop being good because we stop noticing how good they are. Bad things do not stop being bad because we’ve been made not to notice how bad they are.
Queen of the Night
She was originally based on M83’s song “Skin of the Night” but I have a unique backstory for her. In the world she lives in, a woman’s beauty is judged by how long and pretty the strand of flowers attached to her hair is. She is, of course, considered extremely beautiful. One day, however, she encounters a group of women who revolt against their world’s beauty standards, by cutting off the flowers completely…
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Inspired by the Joy Division song of the same title.
We may be changing our ways, we may be taking different roads, but we have left behind this mutual memory. The heavy weight of this memory, this love connected to both of our hearts, drags us down, and we must both tear off a piece of our heart, to separate and escape from it, no matter how painful.
I used to interpret the lyric “love will tear us apart” as in, love will tear the relationship between two lovers, i.e. “us” as a unit, apart. It didn’t make sense, however, combining this line with the other lyrics in the song. I had a realisation, and now comprehend it to say that love will tear each individual in the relationship apart, internally - this interpretation makes MUCH more sense to me in the context of the song. Since the relationship has “gone sour”, the feelings of love that remains in each of the two lovers cause pain and confusion to both of them individually.