Felecia Facey – Time is of The Essence
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Time is of The Essence
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As I brainstormed ideas for my artwork, I thought about patriarchal effects in society. An hourglass captures a period of time enclosed in the form of sand, to be flipped at the start of another hour, but never to be regained. Patriarchy has been a long standing system woven into our History. So much time has passed where we have suffered by holding ourselves to those disgusting standards designed by this system. The man and woman within the hourglass is supposed to represent that long-standing belief that ‘patriarchy rules’ and how the time has come for us to break free from that mindset and way of living. In the top part of the hourglass there’s a man in a ‘power pose’. But that pose is a mask for the lack of ability to be vulnerable and seen as anything less than strong. It leaves little room for proper growth and recovery. Today a lot of men (young and old) suffer from trauma inflicted as a result of the expectations brought on by patriarchy. At the bottom of the hourglass, the woman holds her hands up almost as if begging for mercy because of the sand that’s falling down on her. It alludes to the belief that women are weak and fragile and deserving of the bottom of the barrel. Women are often underestimated and expected to be self-sacrificing, and accepting of blatant disrespect. Their ability to bring life into this world is looked down upon, yet used in the patriarchal system as a way of highlighting why they are deserving of less. Childbearing is no simple task and women are not weak creatures. Men should be allowed to be emotional and express themselves in healthy ‘unconventional’ ways that go against patriarchal beliefs. Moreover, this is why around the hourglass there are people with tools trying to break through the glass. Those people with tools aren’t supposed to represent the need for violence, but rather the act of arming ourselves with things to help us dismantle this system. We can arm ourselves with different tools such as information, therapy, protesting, advocating , etc…Having things in our toolboxes, no matter how simple, to help us push back against the grain of patriarchy is vital in this fight for change. It can be as simple as having a healthy conversation with peers to break down the chains of certain gender roles or teaching younger generations how to not fall prey to certain gender stereotypes. This artwork is my tool of artistic expression, shining a light on the outdatedness of patriarchy and its long overdue demise. It is time for us to move on from the idea that this should be a male dominated world. We are capable of so much more when they build each other up. Therefore, I titled this artwork “Time is of The Essence” because it’s time for change and it’s time for us to unite and focus our energy into making this world a better place. Furthermore the colors in the background include blue and pink, which are often used to reinforce gender stereotypes (pink for girls, blue for boys.) But the blending of these two colors to make purple in between is a sign of equality and the hope for that to be spent beyond the limitations set by patriarchy. There’s so much we can accomplish when we put our minds together; it can be so disheartening to see that we fail to recognize this due to the foundational sexism and deep rooted hatred. A hatred that is taught and not inherently a part of our nature.
What is something you learned about patriarchy and what is something you would like to change about what you learned?
Patriarchy has shaped the way men and women are seen and has given rise to many stereotypical and behavioral expectations. Many are suffering the consequences as casualties of an established power that developed like a poisoned tree. It is the product of toxic masculinity and the false belief that gender (an uncontrollable factor) should dictate a person’s entire worth and capabilities in life. My hope is to be a part of changing those habits and the stereotypical ways of thinking about men and women's roles in society. I would like to change the belief that women are incapable of being in power and men are not supposed to be vulnerable. Overall, I like to change the way patriarchy has affected many aspects of our lives. This includes the way we love, the way we work, and the relationship we build with one another. I would also like to change the way people have become desensitized and indifferent to the way systems such as patriarchy have affected us. It has put us at a great disadvantage as people working toward creating a better and brighter future.
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