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17 Οκτ 2009

Kicking some tits and ass


Kicking some tits and ass, originally uploaded by Miss Aniela.

Edited - 14 Jan 08. A better exploration of the tits and ass issue:

The 'Tits and Ass campaign' was a response to the attitudes inherent in the very language, 'tits and ass'. Most female self-portrait artists who use their body in their artwork and who share their work with a wide audience will inevitably encounter accusations from certain viewers, who, confined to the thinking within the phraseology of 'tits and ass', do not see beyond male representations of the female body as they have become accustomed to it in magazines, porn, and striptease. Cynical of what they dub as body parts that somewhat innately seek attention, they leer at the woman's body and jeer at possibility of the image being 'art'.

Regardless of the sex of the viewer, it is a 'masculine' positioning which is adopted when these attitudes are thrown at female artists, so it is not to say that only men undermine the work of a female self portraitist, but both genders, whose freedom to recognise the woman's body as her own, is stifled by societal attitudes. The woman's body is compartmentalised, literally into 'tits and ass', becoming not so much a body of natural, human function equal to man's, but unfairly singled out and fetishised in porn and advertising in a way that man's body is not. Remarks on the ‘beauty’ of the female artist is likely to be a negative comment to a female self-portrait artist, who wants to be congratulated for her skill as an artist, to be identified as a thinking, breathing woman - not a doll, 'with boobs and a camera', whose photography effortlessly records her female form.

The female self portrait artists in the 'Tits and Ass' campaign in response to the attitudes to women's bodies as they encounter them in the art world, have decided to take the words into their own mouths. Literally throwing back 'Tits and Ass' at the viewer to draw attention to the audience's own prejudices, they create images intentionally compartmentalising their own bodies as they see played out in images in film and advertising. Meg Elizabeth's 'I've got a pair' and Muskva's 'merchandise on display' satirise the fetishisation of tits and ass respectively. They address the assumption that regardless of context, women's bodies can be contained in the simple derogatory term, 'tits and ass', and encourage their viewers to open their minds up to new ways of thinking.

AArchibald's 'My Body, My Canvas' and Haggis Chick's 'My Body' both present the artist, nude, filling the frame, with their intentions just as exposed. 'If you think I am doing this for more hits then you are wrong', says Haggis Chick, 'I find nothing wrong with nudity'. As well as dealing with the specific issue of female images in art, the artists also want to strip the stigma from generic nudity itself, and question the taboos of flesh and sexuality by presenting their own naked self, unashamedly and knowingly, in their work.

Laurel: (Tits)
Daneli: ass, bum, buttocks, deirere...peachy docky, billen
Haggis Chick: My Body

TEAs-up to the Female Self-Portrait Artists' Support Group


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This is my most faved and most viewed picture of 2007! Thank you!! ...edit 23/12/08: I don't really like it anymore ;P
Edit March 09: yeah too fuzzy for my liking. Nice arse in this pic though. I like the wide-angle distortion of the bedroom corner looking so vast, with that cup of tea to the left too. But wouldn't want to publish this in my book really.

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