The use of embroidery and collage within her work is spectacular. The way she uses colour and texture to highlight sections of the piece, usually the animals, denoting humanities significance in comparison to nature.
Kendra Wells, much like Taylor Smith takes sexist issues and stereotypes about women, which and turns them into humorous comics, mocking them in a cosmosesque tips on being a girl.
“Who are the Guerrilla Girls?
We’re a bunch of anonymous females who take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. We have produced posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film and the culture at large. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our personalities. Dubbing ourselves the conscience of culture, we declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger. Our work has been passed around the world by kindred spirits who we are proud to have as supporters. It has also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Bitch and Bust; on TV and radio, including NPR,, the BBC and CBC; and in countless art and feminist texts. The mystery surrounding our identities has attracted attention. We could be anyone; we are everywhere.”
What the Guerilla girls do is use a pseudonym as a platform for sharing and exposing the inequalities within the art and political world when it comes to women and people of colour. By using mask the make it so that the media cannot focus on them as individuals and sensationalise them but force them to look at the movement as a whole. They do this through the posters, billboard, protests and stickers the create making them become interrogated into our lives so that we are forced to become aware of it and by not giving you a chose in weather or not you are ignorant to the inequality within the world, much like many women and people of colour have no chose to the inequalities they have to deal with within their lives. The have been gaining success in getting their message across and have begun to be used a a platform for feminist activism long with their books being used to educate and inform.
What Mr Bingos hair portraits represent is the fact that hair is so icon within today’s society,, the fact that hair done in a specific way can be so easily recognised with out any other feature, shows how important hair is within our culture.
With the birth control adverts the over femme colouring and the almost passive aggressive tome of the pieces, embodies the constant frustration of women who don’t want to have children but are ignored by other who automatically assume just cause they can have kids means they want kids. The zines based on little things that intregue her or give glimpses into her personallity, ie the shoplifing one or the fact that it seems that she thinks about terrible password a lot. Maybe because her own isn’t good? However it dosen’t matter because they become like little musings captured into zine format.
Taylor looks at hot topic fads that emphasise the misogyny within western culture and combats it with satirical comebacks, emphasising the ridiculousness of the sexist argument with out appearing like an “angry feminist”. Her use of hyperbolising the issues, like the stereotyped man’s idea of a feminist or creating this propitious solutions to trends men make is a way of getting across how idiotic this opinions are without the fear of not listening to her because they just feels like she’s ranting, Taylor has used humour as a way of getting the message across, some times unnoticed by the masses.
Milo’s Human History is a uncensored and unforgiving look at our history and the constant pattern of sex and violence throughout it. The piece looks at how we continue along the same cycle and how, unlike the unfiltered versions of history you are given as a child, the real life version is much more brutal. I love the unforgiving reality Milo gives to this piece as usually I find myself a bit put off by the hyper sexualised women he draws. Who, although painted, I believe via watercolour, superbly tend to be there as fantasy fulfilment to a heterosexua, male centric audience.