I discovered Feminism in Sixth Form. Yes, Sixth Form again I know,but it was very much a time of realising where my art was going and what it could be. Discovering Barbara Kruger’s work was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me! I got caught up in her fiery passion, her bold statements, her fantastic colour schemes predominantly made up of black and red. I even for the first time started using my own body. This was a very bold move for me as at the time I was incredibly self-conscious but I felt comfortable enough doing it ‘in the name of art’.
My family were slightly taken aback by the route my art had suddenly decided to turn. But I was loving it. For the first time I really felt a connection to what I was doing and this connection has just continued to blossom. I discovered the writings of Caitlin Moran and boy, did I fall in love with this woman. She is a columnist at The Times, TV critic and an English broadcaster. She’shad a load of books published including one titled ‘How to Be A Woman’. She is witty and direct and completely reclaims Feminism. Nowadays we have this whole stigma surrounding the word ‘feminism’ that you just can’t avoid. I hate it. I hate the connotations it carries because on several occasions where I have said I am a feminist I have been given funny looks. It drives me nuts! It’s got all these extremist attachments and it’s really not about any of that. If you believe women are equal to men, you are a feminist. Simple as that!
I’ll leave you with a quote of Moran’s to give you something to think about and just to prove to you how witty she is: “It’s difficult to see the glass ceiling because it’s made of glass. Virtually invisible. What we need is for more birds to fly above it and shit all over it, so we can see it properly.”