My Dear

My dear painting by Leah Mariani

This painting is about gender power struggles. The background shows a traditional hunting scene. The woman wears horns- a symbol of male virility. She holds a gun which is a sign of power, effectively making her the hunter rather than the hunted. The painting eludes to old fashioned values and traditional gender roles whereby the woman lives in domestic servitude (hence the apron) and the man goes out into the world (represented by the male figure wearing a hat). In this world a woman is expected to obey. By placing the gun in her hands the power dynamic is challenged. Despite the threat of violence, the woman remains calm & serene. She must rise above the chaos, her head held high.

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