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: this beautiful photograph by Kim Cornelison.
Sometimes you have to draw your own lines to complete the picture. You’ve gathered and collected parts of the picture, throughout your life, from various sources, by different means. When it’s ready to assemble, there will always be something lacking: you. You are the one who makes sense out of your life, out of the things you’ve been given. You are the one who draws the lines, connects the dots, completes the picture. Maybe the lines you draw are outlines—like “insert here” placers for things you’d like to collect in the future. These lines are like your goals. They define what hasn’t happened yet. They help guide you. Maybe the lines you draw are markers for things or people you used to have or know that no longer exist in your picture. You keep them there with the decided strokes of remembering them. You add them into your picture in the form you choose.
Draw your lines. Complete your picture. But make sure it’s your picture.
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.
How does this art speak to your feminism?
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