Women in unity: re-imaging the female body in art

Laurel McKenzie

Abstract


A significant issue for feminist artists since the 1960s has been the disruption of the binary opposition associating maleness with the mind and culture and femaleness with the body and nature. The binary has been contested by feminists in their efforts to subvert objectifying conventions and present empowering visual imagery of women, and the results at times have been vexed. This paper will consider some of these works as well as recent theorizing about embodiment, and efforts to separate "woman" from "nature" (to avoid essentialising limitations). Amelia Jones' (2006) theory of 'parafeminism', which aims to extend the achievements of earlier feminist artists in ways that provide strategies for dealing with contemporary regimes of power, will be used to structure the discussion.

 


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25120/etropic.15.1.2016.3462

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