beautiful drawingsArtistic expression proffer a unique opportunity to us to ”make a statement” that transcend the limitations of verbal communication. While these statements (and, certainly, their interpretation) are subjective, they usually yield messages strongly relevant to present-day social and/or political climate.

Brazilian artist Carol Rossetti’s work does exactly that. In her series of elegant colour-pencil illustrations titled “Women“, Rossetti employs her artistic voice to evoke awareness of the prejudices and stereotypes towards women that are rooted innately across cultures all over the world.

As Rossetti clarifies, the series is a component of an ongoing project, launched last May, that debuted out of a desire to counteract the world’s need to control women’s bodies, behaviours and identities. “This control is such a deep part of our culture that we hardly ever realize how cruel it is and how it restricts our personal choices,” Rossetti stated on her website.

But, Rossetti’s advocacy isn’t just exclusive to women, she clarifies. A similar kind of inequality can be observed in a large number of minority groups. I don’t believe it’s enough to discuss exclusively the issues that affect a specific group of women. We also need to talk about racism, homophobia, transphobia, classicism, xenophobia and ableism. The fight for equality and respect is very wide and should be inclusive.”

Rossetti also emphasizes that her drawings aren’t particularly targeted towards women either. As a matter of fact, she openly invites men to identify with her message as well, “The decision to draw only women was partly motivated by a personal identification. But on the other hand, I find it interesting to awaken in men the chance to identify with female characters. I remember that when I was a kid it was common that the  movies / books / animations starring female characters were seen as “for girls”, while stories with male characters were “for everyone”. The fact that my protagonists are women does not make this project just “for girls“.

Further information about Rossetti’s project, can be had at her website HERE.
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