Hillary – Ultraviolence
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My painting represents one, and many things. The crown of leaves that she wears on her head is the bearer of love and the symbol of peace. The woman makes peace with herself, with the person that she is, that she was and that she hopes to become. The shadows that surround her represent the abomination, and the horror that society imposes on her. As the patriarchy suffocates her, imprisons and causes disorder around her. She is blind to so many expectant eyes that surround her from the storm of chaos. The colors do more than just reflect the sadness and despair of a woman who wants to be liberated. It represents the soul of a suppressed being. A wound is displayed on her chest, a grotesque adornment that is the equivalent of her pain. Her cure depends on a society that pretends to be something that it is not. The heart that her wound shows is a heart enlarging and becoming what the eyes see in him. Hateful looks resigning her spirit. The woman represents history and knowledge. A story that is full of events that reveal the difference between our genders. Men and women. The woman is self-knowledge, the knowledge of the sum that is equivalent to our ignorance, and knowledge that we do not possess. The woman in my painting represents the history that left her with open wounds and even the oldest ones that continue to bleed. They will not heal until they see progress in society.
What is something you learned about patriarchy and what is something you would like to change about what you learned?
In my opinion, there are a lot of concepts that patriarchy falls in the way of. For a lot of years even before the first wave of feminism in the 1920s, the rights for women go beyond wanting simple equality. I think that we rely on the past because we think that after all that women have gone through in society and politics, we are going to be able to earn an idyllic future. However, what’s there to learn if the same obstacles haven't changed? To this modern-day, after all the knowledge that the past has taught us, we’re still convincing men in congress to give women a right that by nature corresponds to women. Abortion. How ironic are humans fighting against humans, for human rights? There are not a lot of women working in the government, and there should be more because this is about us, and it's always going to be hard for men to understand patriarchy. Men are always going to have that little privilege that women don't. Men can argue that women expect their exclusion in any political and social aspect concerning women. The word “exclude” itself sounds inappropriate. More than “exclude” what men should do is listen. Listen to women. Historically they have determined what women do for years. That’s what patriarchy has done for them, and at the end of the day. Who else is a woman left with, but herself? It doesn't take much power to make a change.