Kay Nielson. The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
I’ve been collecting these images from Galliano’s perfect, gaudy, vaguely-Russia-inspired F/W 2009 tidbits for a few months now, mostly for art and styling reference, but also because they make me happy.
This is one of my favorite pieces made by Damien Hirst. Its called Anatomy of an Angel and was based on Alfred Boucher sculpture made in 1920. Damien shows the anatomical structure beneath her skin showing that she is human after all. This beautiful piece shows vulnerability in the sense that her vital organs are exposed, along with a reserved and humble pose. This sculpture was created for the sole purpose to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s Auction in Hirst’s exhibit Beautiful inside my head forever. With this exhibit Hirst created over 200 pieces and skipped over the gallery setting.
Yuli by Micheal Wessel
We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors – not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.