The painting above, for which Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper never posed, was motivated by the political frustration of Kingston, Ontario artist Margaret Sutherland.
The painting depicts Canada’s prime minister reclining on a chaise lounge, in nothing more than his birthday suit.
Sutherland says she was motivated to make the painting because of her frustrations with the Canadians government and it is meant to show that people need to look at issues for themselves without always believing the party line. Or so she says.
Sometimes what the artist says and the actual effect/meaning of the painting is very different. In this case I would argue its actually a statement about the history of men in politics.
In Canada there has only ever been 1 female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell, was only in power for 4 months and 10 days. She wasn't elected either, she was appointed to the position by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney when he was on his way out in an effort to distance his unpopularity with the party in an effort to win the 1993 general election.
But that bid failed so badly that the Liberals were handed a landslide victory.
However Kim Campbell aside lets go back to the core concept. The Canadian leadership has been dominated by men, and in this case Stephen Harper is economically inept man who has followed a laissez-faire approach (do nothing and hope the problem goes away). He is a status quo prime minister who just wants to maintain the current standards, has no vision for the future, and kowtows to the Alberta oil industry.
Plus its basically a remake of Edouard Manet’s 1863 painting, Olympia, which depicted a prostitute in the pose of a Greek goddess. Manet's painting was a slap in the face of the art community of the time which was ultra conservative.
Conclusions? Making a remake of Olympia, itself a feminist piece, of Canada's inept prime minister draws attention to several factors:
#1. Stephen Harper thinks too highly of himself and this painting mocks his arrogance.
#2. Canada needs a more competent leader.
#3. Canada needs more women in politics (not necessarily the prime minister, but at least in parliament).
Art is alive. Art is everywhere. Want to add a bit of artistic flair to your home or office? Wall fountains can certainly provide that for you! Whatever your budget may be Kinetic Fountains can surely help you find the missing piece to your decor. Find the perfect wall fountain at an affordable price online today!
Need to advertise? Advertise on this blog or other websites for $30 / year!
FEMINIST ART - Sometimes men make feminist art. Its a little unexpected when it happens, but some of it is surprisingly good. Many of the ...
Posted by Suzanne MacNevin . Shirin Neshat شیرین نشاط (born March 26, 1957 in Qazvin, Iran) is an Iranian feminist artist who lives in New...
FEMINIST ART - By Ed Fox. "In the early days I just wanted to be given a chance. I got rejected numerous times by the fashion and adu...
By Suzanne MacNevin - February 15th 2012. Its really early in the morning the night after Valentines... and I am reading poetry. Not beca...
Women Collared for Work: Anecdotal Art For over two decades Judith Schwab wanted to do a feminist art exhibit about “20th century women an...
FEMINIST ART - It took decades for the iconic "The Dinner Party" installation to find a home in an art gallery or museum. Truth i...
The following is a plethora of different feminist art by various artists. Jess Larson - Defensive (from the Look and Learn, Little Girl ...
One of the things that really bothers me is the great divide between feminists. There are after all liberal feminists and conservative femin...
FEMINIST ART - I found the following image below on a website for IT staff in Toronto. And it got me thinking... Thinking about the role...
FEMINIST ART - By Hasisi Park. We assume that artists are of a different category to normal people, and they live a special life. As an ar...