To the Fairest (Detail)
Amy Nicole Hildebrandt, Boise State UniversityFollow
Dimensions: 1200 x 1200 pixels (overall)
We tell stories to impart lessons on our children and our peers. Unfortunately the stories can also be harmful. I’ve focused on three women centric myths that have negative influence on modern society, and have illustrated the key moments through digital painting. A central theme within the myths is that each of these women have an irresistible hunger when acted upon has severe consequences for mankind; suggesting women should ignore their survival needs for the betterment of society. I’ve exposed this concept by depicting the women as emaciated and attacking their food with desperation. Each myth has its own harmful aspects which I explore further.
To the Fairest is based on the Greek myth of the three goddesses; Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena arguing over a golden apple labeled “to the fairest.” Within this piece the three goddesses are brutally fighting over a rotting apple core, representing the insignificant approval of society. The three powerful goddesses are reduced to starved, self-conscious women in competition with each other, a parallel to society’s insatiable beauty demands.
© Amy Nicole Hildebrandt, 2017.
Since May 17, 2017
religion, mythology, feminism, abuse, assault, painting
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