Sorting things out

There are so many aspects to my research and I need to spend more time getting them in order.

Addressing the lack of literature as I’m trying to do a literature review is of primary importance to me. Deciding which dates and countries to focus on in order to get a wide enough range of research material will no doubt emerge as I search. Focusing my own practice will have to wait for the next blog post.

Artist-centred aspects of my research:

  1. Who were they? Dates, era/school, practice, genre,  teachers, mentors, colleagues, training, art background, works, exhibitions, family circumstances, life experiences
  2. What were the social conditions of the time – for women, female artists, male artists, exhibition opportunities, the effect of art on the society, reviews
  3. The art establishment at the time – and its attitude to women
  4. A comparison of western women artists globally

Aspects of the feminist approach, structural and ideological obstacles to women’s success (or even to their visibility) in no particular order:

  1. The construction of invisibility
  2. Myths surrounding artists – male as genius, woman as bystander
  3. The treatment of female artists
  4. Times/situations that allowed female artists to flourish
  5. Men’s fear of female achievement
  6. Modern assumptions about art history and the participation of women
  7. Women’s perception of themselves as artists
  8. The manipulation of art history – the control of what is recorded, printed, preserved, displayed and valued
  9. The treatment of works by women – were there really as few as is assumed? Where are they held – the fragmentation of their work
  10. The diminution of genres favoured by women
  11. The theft of women’s art works, the theft of their labour and intellectual property, the wrong accreditation of their work
  12. Double standards of morality and double expectations of women

Solutions to the disappearance of women landscape artists and the ongoing construction of invisibility

  1. Reclaiming women
  2. Changing the approach to ‘finding’ ‘lost’ women – evaluating the headlines
  3. Modern organisations fighting the invisibility of artists who are women
  4. Mechanisms for providing access to these artists
  5. Using modern technology to inform the public
  6. Educational opportunities



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