m i s s i o n s t a t e m e n t.
we live in a visual culture that is dominated by the male gaze. this magazine acts as a window that looks out onto the world through the female gaze. the magazine will focus on the power of art, and its ability to celebrate the intersectionality of our world today. she magazine is interested in and aims to celebrate this intersectionality through image, text, and illustration.
Clara Reed (co-editor)
Did you know that less than 4 percent of the artists on display in the Modern Art section of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art are women? But 76% of the nudes depicted are of females? Since the beginning of art history, women have been cut out the picture. If you go over to the Museum of Modern Art you’ll see Willem de Koonings vicious depictions of “Women,” but sadly thats pretty much the only women you’ll see on the permanent installation floors of the museum. Of the 400 works on these floors 14 of them are by women, that’s 3.5 percent. Yes you read that right, a whopping 3.5 percent.
I started this magazine because, I can’t help but notice the bias when it comes to gender in the art industry. It’s the 21st century, and as a white American woman I have substantially more rights and privileges than perhaps other women across the world, or than I would had I lived one-hundred years ago. Yes, women have the right to vote, yes the wage gap has been reduced, yes women can do the same job a man can. Yet in reality, how much has our perception of women actually changed? In the art world, women are still considered to be the ideal subject. Despite how revolutionized our world has become, women are still encouraged to strip themselves of intellect and become visual commodities rather than strong individuals with voices and ideas of their own. I want this magazine to serve as a platform for women artists, a chance for them to tell their own stories through artistic means without the need for male approval and without the fear of retribution.
Meghan Marshall (co-editor)
There is something very empowering about being able to represent one’s own experience. I have become more and more frustrated recently with the representation of women, and what it means to be female. In a medium as prominent and influential as photography, the symbol of women has become very skewed. Women are portrayed as passive objects of beauty. An object to be desired. A mannequin. A prop. I am awfully tired of the representation. I started photographing when i was thirteen. This representation of female images was all that i consumed. I was very interested in photographing women. I found as i got older, that a lot of my work was mimicking these norms that i had been taught. I did not give space for my subjects to be anything more than their beauty. I want that to change. As a photographer myself, I am empowered by my camera, and its ability to tell my story. I am fascinated by the power of the gazes, and how the male and female gazes vastly differ from each other. I seek to find a middle ground between the two, to be able to reclaim the tropes and norms created by the male gaze and turn it into something new, authentic. There cannot only be one way of representation, it is, as novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said in her TedTalk, “the danger of a single story.” Women and girls should be empowered by images, they should be able to see themselves in every image. While the beauty of a woman should not be ignored or devalued, it should not define her, objectify her. She is a space for women in art to speak their truth through the visual medium, and this excites me so.