A photographic project, capturing women in all walks of life as
modern day warriors.
As a society we have come far in regards to empowering women,
yet there are still many aspects and situations where females are
seen as the 'weaker' gender.
As a mother to four young daughters I wish to create artworks
showing off female equality, as women using their strength to
create a better world, but also being comfortable in their roles as
mothers, daughters and sisters without being forced to fight for
their equality as human beings.
I want to create a series of artworks featuring young girls,
moms, sisters and more, portraying the reality of women as warriors
in everyday life, telling each ones' story in a unique and
beautiful art piece.
I have ten concepts for artworks that I would love to create to
portray women in every day life, showing off the strength we bring
to raising families and contributing to society. These will then
form an exhibition, and hopefully a book.
This project requires a lot of photography and composite
photography work, so it's a time consuming project.
Some of the ideas for artworks are:
1. Laundry queen
2. Shopping escapade
3. Slaying giants of objectification and unequal treatment
4. Finding yourself in the chaos of house work
5. Being the best of both at home and at work
6. Playground explorers (Mom with kids)
7. Girls dreaming of being warriors on top of jungle gym
8. Mealtime princess
9. Bathtime adventures
10. Being family
Why Boosted? Well, as mentioned it's quite a technically
intensive project. The funds from Boosted will help pay towards
getting some of the technical equipment as well as printing all
images. NZ income earners can use their Arts
Foundation donation receipt to claim a 33% tax credit
from the IRD. All donations are processed right when you donate,
meaning your credit card info isn't kept (and thus there's no worry
of credit card payments failing at the end of the
I'm a dreamer. I dream of great futures for my four daughters. I
photograph people - families, babies, tummies, children. I love
meeting new and interesting people from all over the world. I have
been doing this for over a decade and feel now is the time to
create something truly special and with meaning. I decided on
warrior women a couple of years ago, but have been struggling to
truly bring the concept together in my mind. My daughters are
constantly asking me why there aren't more strong female led movies
or stories. They are desperately looking for a world where women
are the heroes, where women can stand up for themselves and
relationships are based on equality. It opened my eyes even more to
see how far we still have to go, but also how dangerous it could be
to swing too far the other way.
I want my daughters to know that they are the makers of their
own futures, that they can do anything they want and that their
gender does not determine their opportunities - or it
I won't call myself a typical feminist. I enjoy chivalry and
being treated like a lady - but don't tell me I can't do something
just because I'm a woman, and don't treat me like I don't know as
much as a man does, or can't understand certain things as well as a
I grew up as a farm girl, allowed to do all the things I could
think of doing, riding motorcyles in the fields, horse riding
through the mountains, plowing with a tractor, milking cows and
climbing trees. I never liked the term 'tomboy', as I loved
dressing up in pretty clothes and doing my hair up as much as the
next girl. Suddenly I was seen as less of a girl because I was a
'tomboy.' Having to prove myself as a girl was strange - I was a
girl and my body was growing in ways that showed that and suddenly
my 'tomboy' label couldn't hide the fact that here was a girl,
doing all the things traditionally left for boys to do. I struggled
with female friends as they weren't interested in the same things
(or weren't allowed) and had more male friends, but could never
bond with them the same way girls can. I look at my own daughters
and how they struggle with the same mentality. They don't want to
be called tomboys. They are just girls, with a taste for adventure.
They are ready to fight for what they believe in, but they just
can't seem to see many female role models doing the same....in a
kid friendly way, living everyday life kind of way ;-)
Thank you for your assistance!
7 MONTHS AGO
So, just to give a better idea of the kind of imagery I'll be aiming for in my creation of these artworks, have a look at the following website: http://www.photillustrator.com/signature-family-portraits/
Jason's work has been a big inspiration to me in realising the kind of photography I would love to be doing and the Warrior Women art pieces will all be created with a similar feel to them - bordering on that fine line between fantasy and reality and with a bit of a illustrated look to them.
Rough sketch - Kitchen Conqueror
8 MONTHS AGO
I created a concept art image for one of the artworks I would like to create. Each artwork will get a prelimary sketch, to help me set the scene and get all the characters and background in place. The final images will be made up out of multiple photographs, all taken hopefully by myself, possibly some stock images, such as the food in this piece. So, what is it I need the funds for. Well, to create this image I would require a couple of things. Firstly the background scene - the kitchen. It's quite an important part of the image and requires a very specific layout to fit into this art work. As you can imagine it's not so easy to just find a kitchen to suit what I need, so if not possible to find one exactly as needed, then I'd need to create one from scratch or re-create the artwork according to what I can find that would work....either way, it involves either renting a space or creating a similar set up. To photograph my model in this position would require a bit of magic and well, that costs a bit of moola as well. So, what's the story behind this image? Kitchen Queen or Mealtime Conqueror?
I've never thought about food as much as I've done since becoming a mom. For ten years now, every hour I think about food. Before kids I hardly ever gave food a thought...I'd eat whatever I could find or make and be happy to have had something to eat. Other times I would cook and try out new recipes, without a care whether someone isn't going to like it because it's the wrong colour, or served in the wrong plate, or be upset because the roast chicken is touching the broccoli. I've had to make up fairy tales about fairies growing little trees especially for little girls to eat and grow strong (my kids all love broccoli now...) and I've had to dice up onion and mushrooms so teeny tiny you won't be able to pick it out with a tweezer. I've had many battles in the kitchen, with my kids apparently starving after having had lunch two hours ago, and I've had to think creatively to win most of those battles.
I think a lot of moms are superhero's in the kitchen, getting healthy and nutritious food into little tummies most of the time....healthy eating habits are formed from a young age and making sure our kids get what they need from us to set them up for good health for the rest of their lives is a special mom superpower that gets forgotten too often! We still love our pizza or burger dinners, just less often than the home cooked meals. Hats off to all the moms, working or stay at home, who manage to get their kids to eat the pumpkin and the spinach and the broccoli, whichever way you manage to do it!!