Happily ever after
Fairy tales and nursery rhymes have always interested me for what they tell us about gender roles. Historically the female protagonist was shown as a passive participant in her own story, yet these traditional fairy tales remain popular amongst young girls growing up against a backdrop of feminist movements. In this series, I aim to overlay these feminist messages against old fashioned rhymes and story-telling, using both text and imagery to highlight the often complex and contradictory lessons we teach our children.
You can read more about the meanings in the artworks on the artist blog.
I reread Rapunzel the other day after many years and found myself screaming at the pages: “Cut off your hair and use it as a rope!"
The owl is commonly associated with wisdom and is nearly always cast as male in children's nursery rhymes and fairy tales.