The Art and The Feminism is a sub-series of Feminist Fridays where I share art with you that has somehow inspired or evoked my feminism. I show the artistic inspiration with you, write from my experience viewing or engaging with it, and then ask for your thoughts. This month we are looking at an abstract impressionist piece by Geoffrey Johnson.
As feminists, we may often feel as if we are standing alone. We may think “am I the only one who sees how problematic this film is?” or “am I the only one excited about this article I found?” When we view things with a critical eye, we risk feeling isolated and separated from our surroundings. It is very easy to participate in our world of fast media and critique really has a way of pulling you off a bandwagon or plucking you from that Kool-Aid punch bowl. Turn that critical eye on yourself (in a healthy way) and analyze why you’re standing where you are standing: politically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, etc. Do you like it? Does it resonate? Is it full of truth? Then stand strong despite the isolation. Firmly planting yourself where you need to stand is more important that being accepted by those with Kool-Aid-stained tongues.
The beautiful thing about feminism is that it does not always directly relate to a social justice issue or theory. Feminism is a way of living with your mind and heart open to what’s true, healthy, and loving. It is just as much about seeing a message like this in a piece of art as it is seeing a need for justice in a societal problem.