Maya's Digital Portfolio

artist statement

Woman F**king Matter

When you look at this art piece, what comes to mind? There are many parts of this collage, the different women of all ages and skin colors, the words, the controversy… When I look at this collage, what comes to mind is that women are equal. We all have the same rights and we all deserve to be treated equally. Maya Angelou once said, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

I chose to do college because there are many unique things that you can do with a project like this. There are also so many different types of women in this world and I wanted to try and represent all of them in one art piece. I did not know what I was going to do for a project at first. However, when I started looking at different magazines and photos, I realized that I could truly try and make a difference with art. For me, the most important part of creating art is the message and the way that you convey that message in a truly meaningful way. Feminism is a powerful idea, it’s the idea that women are equal to men and deserve all of the same rights as men. It's not like this topic has just come up in the most recent years. This topic has been a huge part of the world for decades. Starting with Rosa Parks and still going strong with Beyonce. The reason that I chose to do this collage was so that I could show this message in a way that people understood. I wanted to keep it simple, but still, have many different things and ideas that you could look at. This is the most important part of collage. Collages enable you to create a simple piece of art while enabling the depth of many images. It's the idea that you could have so many different things all come together to make one big idea with a strong message.

When I was younger I played with mostly all boys and hung out with guys. I still am this way in many regards. However, the people that I always looked up to when I was younger were the older girls that I was around. I thought it was the most amazing thing in the world that they could all hang out all of the time and be there for each other no matter what. I always hoped that I would find my girls and I feel I have. As I get older I truly notice how important women are for the world. They are truly empowering and I’m happy that I could show this in my artwork.

When you look at this collage, I want you to think about: What is a deeper message about this art piece? How can I create awareness about this message? What can I do to make a change?