Monday, 31 October 2011

the 80's

In college we research a decade and complete this in our portfolio.
One of the artists i have fallen in love with is Barbara Kruger.
Her work is so passionate yet simplistic.

This is one of my favourite images, it expresses feminism, sexism, consumerism and imbalance of equality. The image is split down the middle, black and white, which reminds me of the ying yang symbolism of negative and positives. It could even signify man VS women as the image looks quite old, possibly a 1950's housewife when women did not have a lot of independency and men were in control. This is why the 80's was one of my favourite decades as Margaret Thatcher ran the country as prime minister and influenced woman to be powerful and independent. Women in this decade were healthy, confident women that felt comfortable in their own skin yet the pressure of being beautiful took its toll on a lot of women. Women posed and modelled for many advertisements since the 20's and became a sex symbol for men which again was a 'battleground' reference to Kruger's work. The 'battleground' refers to how women struggle with their bodies and its a never ending game of winning and losing themselves and getting lost in the image of 'perfection'.

Each image has a deep meaning behind it.


India said...

great post!

myhautecloset said...

The 80's were amaze. I'm a product of the 80's so I should know ;) great post :)


Alice McGenniss-Destro said...

i studied this artist at university too! lovely blog xx

Fabiana said...

Lovely pictures!

British Birdie... said...

Thankyou for the lovely comments!
I shall return the favour :D xxx