Us human beings like to make perceptions. Beautiful lips are red, trees are green and brown, light is happiness, dark is mysterious, so on. Some of these perceptions were based on reality, but some were believed because we feel comfortable about it, the social norms.
Lately, there were many discussions I had with my teacher regarding gender perception. Most of my society believe that male must be strong and female must be soft. It is all well and fine, everybody is happy and peaceful, until someone said it out loud to an artist “oh, you have strong lines/paint strokes as a female”. Then, we are obliged to challenge that idea. Why not? Do we human has to always fit in a certain category? What is wrong with rough females and soft males? Especially in art, we should have moved on from these types of thinking hundreds of years ago, but yet it still came back to haunt us.
I am not advocating for feminism, gender equality or any heavy action-stuffs here, I just want to put on table that perception shouldn’t keep us from having an open mind, and it is damn important to be free.
So, today I painted from a very interesting photo, I don’t know who is the photographer of the original image, but kudos to you for being so hilarious and having so much fun in your work.