This is a submission to Artfinder's #ArtWorldSexism-the new campaign against discrimination against women in general and in particular in the field of art.
Women all over the world were restrained from taking up challenges and performing as well or better than men because of their domestic duties. Keeping a home, raising children and then grandchildren never let them tap their own potential to blossom. May be our aboriginal ancestors picked this up by observing animals which lived in groups in the forests then. The male was powerful physically and as a result could go out and hunt for the family's food, and fight the predators too, whereas the physically weak female was home-bound due to her children.
Education and awareness has improved their status to a great extent now. Still womens' capacity is doubted even now by their own colleagues and sometimes their families. In developing countries like India, the woman in general is always a second citizen be it outside or inside her own home. Elderly aunts and women of the 1900s whom I had interacted with since my childhood were very intelligent women who used to feel the injustice towards them , they were not allowed to go to school, or engage in any intellectual activities and would spend their precious potential in creative handicrafts which they shared with other women in the family. It must have been the same in the West too then!
Gradually a change is coming about, but every woman feels that she is in fetters , always restrained by those invisible chains that bind her very own spirit.
This pastel drawing depicts the angst of women in general, and my wish that they snap out of these fetters and emerge into realising their full potential!
Size: 8.25"x 11.25 " pastel drawing on back of a sketch book cover. Archaic or acid free criteria not known
Supplementary images are roughly to scale. No frame or mat provided. Please note that the colors of the original paintings may slightly vary from what they appear on computer monitors/mobile screens
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Back of sketch book cover and pastels