Femininity and Masculinity

The Woman

This First Painting by Françesca Alessandro is her Response to the psychoanalytical theory on phallocentrism, but looking at the symbol of the Vagina instead. The piece includes a variety of styles all that link in to the idea of what a woman is. The first layers are a very modernist take on gender with bold shapes representing the breasts and the vagina. These are covered up with white paint representing the repression enforced on women to be pure. This is then tainted with splatters of red, blue, and black ink. The Tribal-esque figures and symbols stand out from the rest of the image in an unapologetic stance. Though the figures appear masculine and feminine they are both symbolic of being a women and the similarities in the human body.

The Three Women

Françesca Alessandro uses earthy colours in this piece extenuate the idea of women's natural strength, these tones are then smudged with black Alessandro has done this to show how society tries to deny the naturalness of strength in women. Women are presented as skinny fragile things whereas physically there is no reason why they can’t be strong. The Painting shows three female figures posing in strong and dominating ways, they contrast the black painting making them even more powerful.

Male Femininity & Female Masculinity

Françesca Alessandro created these two paintings to show the idea that not all men want to be strong and dominant, the same as not all women want to be dainty and submissive. The symbols in the background represent the gender of the person, whilst the figures poses to show their identity. Alessandro has made the Male figure much less bold and dominant compared to the female figure, this is to show how stereotypes do not match gender.

Unidentified Woman

In this piece Françesca Alessandro has used ink to create a softer image that matches the idea of femininity, she has painted a slim but curved female figure. Although unlike many paintings of the female form the figure is hiding her identity, she does so to show her detachment from the feminine stereotype. The blue ink that shades and surrounds her is the sorrow and loss created by the repressive feminine stereotype.