Discussion on “Self-Portrait as Woman Recovering from Effects of Male Gaze (What’s Underneath)”.

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I agree with many things and have my own interjections to add to this very well thought of interpretation of “Self-Portrait as Woman Recovering from Effects of Male Gaze (What’s Underneath)”. Firstly I would like to point out the purposeful use of vague images which would logically develop incomplete ideas is incorrect. I believe the artist didn’t intend for viewers to have incomplete thoughts but rather it is almost like the artist is planting seeds in the viewers mind, the artist in a way gives us exactly as much information they think you need. The way I look at it is when a seed is planted, its complete genetic code is already programmed into it, the seed can either grow and become a plant or not, with a few exceptions of mutations of course. I found it very interesting how the artist’s style is described in detail; I especially took note of things like the very descriptive titling of artwork employed by this artist. I like to inspect and make my own conclusions about artwork before digesting the title, or the artist’s/critic’s description and then compare the differences. You will be surprised at the concepts/ideas you seem to overpass which now have more significance. For example, I did not truly understand what the artist was trying to convey, and their definition of the “male gaze” just by observing the picture. However, once I really read the title (thought about it), the picture became very clear (no pun intended). Many more ideas and concepts began to flood through my mind. The picture was now “saying something” for lack of a better term, it still had a message at the beginning, but a much stronger one now. The concept would be very hard to get across w/o title. The image of perfectly tilted fruit coupled with the descriptive title gives you a real insight of the message the artist is trying to portray in this picture, namely her concerns about how females are portrayed in arts and entertainment in often erotic or enticing ways to be consumed by the...
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