My work is very personal, looking mostly at themes of feminism and female sexuality. I like to combine visual aesthetics with my own writing to combine my love of art and poetry. Religious symbolism and the idea of Godliness through pregnancy and creating life is also of interest to me. I work in a variety of different mediums from video art, poetry, collage and interactive arts (e.g. websites) as I’m very interested in the way art has reflected technology trends over the years. The use of the internet as a platform to display my art is very interesting to me as it is a way to get my work out to a larger audience.
A large percentage of my work is inspired by the ‘riot grrrl’ culture which I felt a very strong connection with since the first time I saw one of Hole’s music video as a child. The way in which the very powerful messages of female strength and empowerment combines with the often softer, daintier, rose-tinted aesthetic is a reoccurring theme within my own work.
Zine’s are self published magazines that generally are printed with less than 1000 copies being made, although usually less than 100 are printed overall. They are DIY magazines abot very specific topics that wouldn’t normally be documented in normal print media. They had a huge sergence during the punk era where zines would document gigs, new bands and give music reviews. They also became popular during the riot grrrl movement as a good outsource to discuss things such as feminism and gender, the first of these riot grrrl zines was ‘Not Your Bitch’ zine. You can read more about the history of the zine here:
Now, zines have moved with the times and ezines have been emerging. Ezines are zines published online so that they are able to reach a wider audience:
Websites such as http://zinelab.com/about have been collecting artists zines and creating exhibitions. Other people have collected original zines from the 80s-90s and created published book collections.
I personally gravitated towards using zines in my work as I’ve always enjoyed the feminist zines and considered myself to relate massively with the riot grrrl mindset. I also like the idea of working with zines as it is like a creative form of blogging. This way I can put my musings about things such as religion, my personal views on feminism and my art work in a single place where other people are able to look through it. Websites such as http://issuu.com/ will publish your zine for free online, which would be a good option.