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Although the function and meaning of tattoos has changed throughout time, they have always existed as a cultural marker. In a modern western context, tattooing represents a reclamation of one’s body and a sense of autonomy. It's a field of expression that is much more accessible now because of social media such as Instagram. But female and gender queer artists remain underrepresented in the dominant discourse about tattoos.     This list acts a directory, and hopefully the start of a more prominent female and genderqueer presence in...
The Guerrilla Girls pictured outside the Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: David Parry, via whitechapelgallery.org The Guerrilla Girls know how to silence a room. Dressed head-to-toe in black, their faces concealed behind snarling masks, the impression is something between a gang of bank robbers and superheroes in disguise. It’s unexpected when they speak in bright, amiable tones, approaching visitors to shake hands and pose for pictures. The somewhat jarring incongruity in this approach echoes the central tension between aggression and playfulness in their work, at its most distinctive...
Over time, artists of varying creative disciplines have originated self-portraits as a way to connect their own experiences to their art and to reflect on culturally relevant experiences. Whether the message is political or personal, influencers such as Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh have attempted to de-stigmatize artists acting as both creator and  subject. They have inspired countless artists to tackle contemporary issues through self-portraiture. Today, the self-portraits of 21 female artists, whose talents span from painting to mixed media to video, have been...
"Renata Borgatti, Au Piano" by Romaine Brooks, 1920. She was a classical musician and one of Rosmaine Brooks's lovers.  1920s Paris. Bohemian, artistic, full of expatriates and very, very queer. However, the history of queer expatriate women in France has been lost throughout the ages with all of the praise given Picasso, Matisse, and Dalí — just to name a few.  In a new exhibition, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has brought one of those forgotten figures of queer bohemia, and her beautiful portraits, back to our...

What do you personally do to bring down the oppressive system of patriarchy? This is the question I posed to the attendees of the Twin Oaks Women's Gathering this August. As the voices of the women photographed reveal, there are infinite answers! 25 original ways to smash patriarchy are pictured here. The Women's Gathering is a DIY, non-corporate campout that welcomes women (in the broadest definition) from the East Coast region and beyond. It has been organized and hosted by Twin Oaks, an egalitarian intentional community in...
Stefanie (Week 45) Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, both informational designers, decided to visualize data from their daily lives in the form of hand drawn postcards. At the time, Lupi was living in New York City and Posavec in London. As the pair corresponded for a year, forming a unique relationship based in art and data. These postcards are tiny maps of emotion, and as each artist draws out their life in new clusters and graphs, you see how their creative companionship blossoms. Each detail, from complaints...
VICE Magazine is featuring exclusively women photographers — and we are screaming! The 15th annual photo issue puts together 38 compelling artists that depict diverse narratives from all over the world with such a compassionate touch, that it challenges the way we see our globe. It's an intimate and provocative 184-page celebration of art created solely by women. VICE'S photo editor Elizabeth Renstrom writes in the opening letter that women in the art field are certainly not a new phenomenon."Women have been fundamental to the art...
Consent by Jess De Wahls British artist Fionn Willson has curated a new exhibit on sexuality and sensuality in the female self-portraiture. Self Portrait: Dark by Sookie Sirene “My Sex, My Self” is comprised of 14 women artists, all hailing from the UK. Wilson’s intention is to create “an exuberant and honest celebration and examination of ourselves as sexual beings, in a world where the expression of sexuality as a woman can still be seen as controversial, threatening or even subversive,” she explains. Hunger by Fionn Wilson With this awesome...
These paintings and drawings are everything you need for your Tuesday—they are curvy, fierce, and enchanting. Here at BUST we are committed to providing art that features all different sizes and shapes. In his "pinups" series, Blake Eason, a mixed-media artist, challenges our perceptions of beauty by creating glamorous and seductive mermaids and fairies. Eason discussed his artistic inspiration with BUST: “One of the main reason is that I get tired of seeing the same figures being used in various genres of art. Something I'm sure that...
from New York Young, "New York Young, No. 9" (Rolleiflex) In the second installment of Lady Shooters, our series focusing on women photographers, Tara Wray interviews Amy Touchette. “There was very little I needed to hear when I started out that I didn’t feel in my gut. Mortality is the ultimate teacher, and even though I was feeling my way in the dark, I somehow instinctively knew the real from the bullshit.” — Amy Touchette I really love your image "New York Young, No. 9" (top). Can you...
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