I need a couple more lessons in feminist art I think...
The only short argument I have with the video refers to the quote near the beginning, â€śVisual art is our picture of the world.â€? While Iâ€™m inclined to believe that in some cases, I still have to go with my gut and education in theatre to say that art is a hammer in which to shape the world. That doesnâ€™t really have anything to do with Judy or her methodsâ€¦ but it is one of the very few things I know about art so I feel like I should include it. That's just a random thing. The rest of my thoughts are more coherant and applicable
My knowledge of art, particularly the mediums the students used, is very minimal. I just donâ€™t get it, usually. I donâ€™t know how people look at a piece and suddenly know or feel what the artist intended. Itâ€™s just too variable. Who gets to determine whether art is good or not? The small changes Judy insisted upon in her students workâ€¦ did those suggestions make it suddenly good and give a clear message to a viewer? I donâ€™t know. I just have trouble believing that one person could be so knowledgeable that she knows what every person will see when they look at a piece and whether they will interpret it correctly. And who cares? Didnâ€™t she also say not to censor your art according to the audience? That confuses me.
I feel like this is feminist art, it definitely is. Women are telling their stories, beliefs, dreams to the world. Simply the act of making art is sort of a feminist actionâ€¦ it puts your story and hope for change out there. Each of those women were defined by many things â€“ race, gender, sexuality, class, etcetera. One challenge among feminists is to say that â€śall women are oppressedâ€? because not every woman feels the same oppression in the same way. This applies to all those categories. Making art can be a feminist action simply because it puts another story out there, another womanâ€™s hybrid of identities. (at least thatâ€™s what I think)
I feel like we saw feminist art. I donâ€™t feel like the process Judy Chicago used to get there was very befitting a feminist style. She said that â€ś85% of teaching is handholdingâ€? She has to push her students to be honest and come forward with their stories. While I understand this method is necessary to produce the great work we saw, I donâ€™t think many other feminist movements happen this way. Feminism doesnâ€™t seem to promote hand holding, they are all about empowering yourself and being the change you wish to see in the world. Judyâ€™s method may work in the art world, but if we had to hold the hand of every woman as we tried to get her involved in current feminist activism on an issue we would never get anywhere.