Back in February, I read an article written by Brigid Schulte talking about the challenges creative women face. I would argue that those challenges exist but are confronted by more than just creative women. Indeed, men seem to navigate this world with seemingly unimpeded time to themselves. In contrast, women are often limited by the "duties" and "expectations" of home and their innate instinct to care. There are many arguments to make for either, but the latter, in essence, is, to this day, in this day and age, true. The article is quite interesting and lists some of the ways women artists that became famous managed their homelives and their art. The outline shows that this was not an easy task.
Going back to the creative women disparity, it seems that there are so much less talked about or "famous" female artists compared to men. During high school, the most talked-about authors, painters (if discussed at all, sadly), chefs, inventors, etc. … are mostly men. It feels as if the world is looking upon them in a different light. It often results in inhibiting the creative powers many of us –may—possess by not reinforcing capability and self-confidence.
Anyway, to make a long story short while trying to avoid becoming a ranting, lecturing feminist, this article made me think about Jenny Holzer, an American conceptual artist whose "Word Art" is created as an exploration and questioning of contemporary issues. Best known for flashing electronic LED sign sculptures where one-liners call attention to social injustice and shed light on dark corners of the human psyche.