Frequently asked questions:
Who can I nominate?
The only rule is that you can only nominate a woman who you know personally. She doesn't have to be Canadian nor Quebecoise. She doesn't even have to be still living. With #CelebrateHer, I want to explore real, everyday stories.
When's the deadline?
March 31, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. But don't wait! If you don't do it right away, you might forget!
A few final notes:
Firstly, there’s a well-documented history of men painting women, often as sexualized objects for pleasure or consumption. Systemic sexism has historically kept female artists out of the art history canon. Women were only shown, not invited to show. If you want to learn more about this, research the “male gaze” and feminist art theory. My goal is to create artwork that celebrates the autonomy and agency of women, representing them as respected subjects and not passive objects.
I also believe that feminism is everyone’s issue, so a project recognizing women does not necessarily have to be produced by a woman; that being said, the process should and will be shaped by discussions with the women in my life.
I can’t make 100% of the submissions into paintings. It’s not guaranteed that what you send will be made into art. As you can imagine, these conceptual portraits take time to create. I anticipate receiving quite a few submissions.
Be aware that I may publish what you submit. Since this is a public art project, I intend to publish submissions, whether that’s online, in print, or in a gallery, for example. If you’re not really comfortable with your name or her name being published, we can make one up instead. You can just add a little asterisk (*) to the name.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.