This is about the inspirational, the badass, and the beautiful. There's too much art that needs to be discovered to make this just about me.
Here's to art, love, screwing things up, and learning about what a great fucking life i have. It's a lesson we will all learn someday...
I'm just not waisting time.
4 of the 10 pieces from the art show Pretty Girls Doing Ugly Things.
PRETTY GIRLS DOING UGLY THINGS
This is for all the girls who are ok with being absolutely drop-dead beautiful in their own way. The girls that undoubtably deal with judgments on the daily because they are told they cannot be the gender they want (or portray the gender they want to, how they want to) since it isn’t ladylike. This is for all the riot grrrls who continue to question gender roles and every girl who isn’t afraid to be ugly in your eyes for the sake of being pretty in her own.
The culture that surrounds us is trying to tell girls that they need to be beautiful. Ever since childhood I’ve been critiqued by my elders saying that I am not ladylike. I am not a proper representation of what it means to be a girl —and neither are you, especially if you refuse to shave all your body hair, wear “inappropriate” clothing, or act lewd. I was always harassed as a young girl growing up because by society’s standards I was more boy than girl. I was convinced that it was a compliment when I was mistaken for my mother’s son or my sister’s brother. The problem was that I didn’t identify as a boy, and just because I wasn’t acting “like a girl” everyone viewed me as a boy to avoid pegging me as a failed female, an ugly girl. Fuck that.
(Showing currently at the Vera Project in Seattle)
humble advice from a great sister
said the fish