Sulking Room: Boudoir & the Female Gaze

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Boudoir, a room named after the French "bouder" , to sulk.

I’m having an art exhibition! If you’re local to Northern California, please swing by the Broad Room in May to see my solo show Sulking Room: Boudoir & the Female Gaze. If you love a little art party, please come to the opening (May 3rd 6-8 p.m.)

The central concern of the show is understanding boudoir, and the female portrait more broadly, from the perspective of the “female gaze.” If that term is ringing a very distant bell, but you can’t quite remember what it was about, don’t worry; I’ve wiki-ed the term for you.

The female gaze is a feminist film theoretical term representing the gaze of the female viewer. It is a response to feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey's term, "the male gaze", which represents not only the gaze of the male viewer but also the gaze of the male character and the male creator of the film. In contemporary usage, the female gaze has been used to refer to the perspective a female filmmaker (screenwriter/director/producer) brings to a film that would be different from a male view of the subject.

The female gaze matters because the cultural negation of imagery that affirms the female viewpoint warps and minimizes our complex humanity, and allows the patriarchy to dictate both what a woman is, and what she should be.

So, come to the show to celebrate femininity in all it’s vastness (with a little wine & cheese as a bonus.)