Ascention of Woman

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Ascention of Woman

Post by Mauveduh » Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:15 am

Reposting this painting by John Newell. His comments are included.

Pic Description: Allegory - 12X 12
Acrylic on canvas by John Newell

"The ASCENSION OF WOMAN celebrates the emergence of women’s equality worldwide. The spirit of woman rises from the morass of male domination in a swirl of new-found energy tearing loose from archaic laws, customs and attitudes. Molten lava-like material ensures woman’s rise to equal stature will not be painless or even bloodless, as man’s brutish mentality loses sway to enlightened, modern thinking and appreciation for woman’s worth.

The sky celebrates the welcome changes in attitude in warm, glowing colour and anticipates greater things to come. Woman herself weeps the tears of frustration and generations of pain and suffering at the hands men they should have been able to trust. Her body, burned in the fires mental and physical anguish still glows with the power to love and be loved."

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Re: Ascention of Woman

Post by Mauveduh » Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:16 am

My impression

Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, this female figure ascends from the ruins of traditional expectation that has shackled her expression for centuries.

The imprisonment imposed through the conduit of a male dominated society has sadly oppressed men as much as women. The essence of subversion is driven by fear and loss of control, yet this type of oppression is a temporary containment for the longing for freedom. For the act of denial feeds the fire of that longing, until it grows to a magnitude that cannot be restricted by the fragile walls of false imprisonment.

We see the torn and ragged edges of bursting seams that drape this form like a protective cape worn by kings. There is nobility in taking a stand against injustice, yet protection also offers restriction. We see the residue of restriction as it is ripped from its anchoring body and tears through the dermal layers of tissue and muscle, just as the woman is torn by the birth of a new life that stops for nothing.

We see the depths of the dark purple bowels from which the female rises with a force of strength born through a feeling of justice. Just as the refusal of Rosa Parks to be vanquished to the back of that bus was a landmark event in the struggle for equal rights that began in slavery, woman has emerged through a refusal to be expected to take a back seat to man.

Her hair flows largely. The paint is applied in broken ridges of thickly textural relief that can be felt as much as seen to depict the destruction and chaos as the dust tries to settle from the explosion. Her face is open as her mouth grasps her first breath of freedom, while at the same time sings to hear a new voice heard for the first time.
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