Understanding Visual Culture- Exercise 22- Women Artists

For this exercise, we had to select and annotate 4 works by contemporary female artists, including Sarah Lucas, noting how they relate to the theories and “isms” that have been explored so far.

Sarah Lucas

Sarah lucas

  • Highlights sexuality in quite a brash and open way. Has chosen to elaborate on it more and turn it around so that she, the female, is the more dominant sex and is in full control of her sexuality
  • The piece is quite raw, gritty and emotionless
  • Deals with castration in a literal state
  • It is an observation of the very essence of men and women, stripping it back to basics
  • With regards to “gendering the gaze”, Lucas has made it very gender neutral i.e. the intended audience could be both male and female

Carol Rossetti

Carol Rossetti

  • Image is geared towards a female audience, it is a way of offering reassurance to women
  • artist is trying to dispel old stereotypes and make a bold statement to modern women
  • showing women can be dominant and not rise to other people’s/ Society’s expectations of them

Tracey Emin

Tracey emin

  • When trying to decide on the “gendering the gaze” aspect of this piece, I found it quite difficult. I then decided it to be gender neutral as the piece includes both mens and women’s names.
  • Emin is a very dominant character, often produces work that highlights sexuality
  • With this piece she is making a very brash statement about her own sexuality. This is the complete opposite to the ideas of women being very passive as we have learnt within this section

Barbara Kruger


  • This image is very much geared towards women
  • Saying to women, we don’t need more heroes, we need more heroines or to be our own heroes. Not to just rely on men
  • Underlying meaning is for women to become more dominant
  • Image is a typical stereotype of the male as the strong, confident person and the female in awe of him

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I am currently studying towards a BA (Hons) in Photography with OCA and I have 2 children, Evie(4 years old) and Connor(3 years old)
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