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Women in Art: Ellen Greene

Contemporary artist Ellen Greene’s work contrasts “ladylike” femininity with stereotypical masculine traits. By painting vintage women’s gloves with tattoo inspired motifs she hopes to rework traditional ideas of womanhood, particularly the roles of wives and mothers.

Ellen Greene, Mother's Milk My Girl, 2010

Ellen Greene, Mother’s Milk My Girl, 2010

I was introduced to Greene’s work through this Hyperallergic article that covers aspects of Facebook’s Community Standards policy. Facebook has been known to censor imagery of women breastfeeding and artwork involving female nudity (although often allowing pin-up style artworks that caters to a straight male point of view). It’s an interesting read on what is considered viewer-friendly and what isn’t, and Ellen Greene provides excellent arguments for the inclusion of images and artwork from a feminist and woman’s perspective.

Take a look at some of her paintings:

Ellen Greene, Snake Girls, 2011

Ellen Greene, Snake Girls, 2011

Ellen Greene, The Mother's Body is Taboo, 2012

Ellen Greene, The Mother’s Body is Taboo, 2012

Ellen Greene, A Girl Cries from her Eyes, A Woman Cries from her Breasts, 2012

Ellen Greene, A Girl Cries from her Eyes, A Woman Cries from her Breasts, 2012

Ellen Greene, Dress, 2011

Ellen Greene, Dress, 2011

What do you think about Ellen Greene’s art? You can check out the rest of her work here!

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