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GIRLS, THIS WAY with Custom Neon Yellow Acrylic Frame Photograph - Limited Edition of 10

Anna Church


Photography, Neon on Paper

Size: 26.5 W x 36.5 H x 3.3 D in

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Framed in a custom made NEON YELLOW ACRYLIC frame with LED Lightning Strike bulb (comes with U.S electrical plug and adjustable dimmer ) The messaging behind the work of - GIRLS, THIS WAY The male gaze has been prevalent throughout history. Throughout the history of art specifically, and despite the female form being one of the most popular and frequent subjects, women have long been depicted by and for men. It is subtle but critical changes in storytelling, representation and depiction that shift that gaze back to the possession of female artists, for women creators to reclaim their own narrative. That is the nuanced theme of Anna’s ‘Girls, This Way’ artwork. The subtle shift of a deliberate pun in the title, the works highlight the misogynistic history of the bygone slang while changing the language in order to reclaim the outdated phrase. The alteration invites the viewer to look twice at the works. The familiar visual of a women’s leg rendered in neon, with the accompanying ‘GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS’ or ‘GIRLS THIS WAY’ signage has historically had seedy connotations. A neon sign featuring women’s legs, often depicted upside down to convey that the unnamed female was on her back, was the indication of a seedy motel or cocktail bar. Thus a very simplistic semiotic was heavily imbued with the sexualization and subjugation of women. With the simple insertion of a comma ‘Girls, this way’, the language becomes a collaborative call to action, a conversation amongst peers or even a token of guidance and leadership towards a future generation of young women and artists. Anna’s subtle visual approach to the classic iconography of legs x neon further subverts this pairing in the work. Says Church: “I love how the one stationary leg itself looks like a lightening bolt. The long-standing rendering of women’s’ legs in neon gave me the idea of placing a neon lightening strike over top of the image. I do believe we are also witnessing a lightening bolt moment of feminist history as well, as women quite literally renegotiate their footing in society – another pun intended.” Like the pun in it’s title, the image is intentionally approachable and easy to visually consume. The graphic image may appear simplistic but its multilayered connotations depict the subtly of its rendering. Using soft lighting in her photography and a black and white treatment as a deliberate rejection of colour references, the retro hosiery and the neon lightening bolt provide the historical associations from which Church invites the viewer to review the work. At this juncture in history, during the era of #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement, we are witness to the efforts of generations of women dismantling a systemic patriarchal system that has marginalized women for centuries. While there is much more work to be done, creating a dialogue, reclaiming female narrative and throwing off the male gaze abounds; in conversation, on social platforms, in works of art. It is the time for subversion, discussion and Girls. UNFRAMED MEDIUM (Unframed Only) - 24” x 31” (edition of 40) - $595

Details & Dimensions

Multi-paneled Photography:Neon on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:26.5 W x 36.5 H x 3.3 D in

Number of Panels:2

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Anna is a multidisciplinary artist, creating conceptual three dimensional sculptures and assemblages which she then distills into magnified fine art photographic prints of limited edition. “If I can create art that provides something beautiful for my collector’s to love and live with along with providing a catalyst for introspection, my purpose and service is fulfilled”. In an age of sensory inundation, the visuals you surround yourself with should bring joy, create fulfilling vistas in your home and materialize your own aesthetic self-expression and nurture your visual wellbeing. My ethos is Art should inspire you to look deeper yet be a welcome cohabiter - Anna x

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