Elin Matilda Andersson
Give Us A Smile (The End of Being Pleasant), No. 1
People with uteruses who are reluctant to conform to patriarchal society's wish that they be quietly compliant, sweet-smiling creatures, have since the age of Aristotle been accused of “hysteria”, in various forms. Women who speak up against injustice are emotional, shrill, crazy and probably on their period. Why don't you smile more? You're prettier when you smile. After spending years of our lives finely tuned to social discomfort and concerned about pleasing others, doubting and blaming ourselves, apologising and shuffling to the back — as we have been taught — I believe that daring to be angry can be wonderfully cathartic. (‘Cause girl, do we have lots to be angry about.) Learning to shift the blame to where it belongs, to the perpetrator or an unjust system; breaking social norms; and to speak up, is not easy. My contribution to Locker Room Talk is a homage to all the loud, angry women out there who re-write the rules and make the rest of us feel a little braver.
Artwork is 1 of 3 in a series.
Mixed media on paper, framed.
40 x 33cm