Hula Hoops and Pink Dresses

A couple more paintings in my Flawless series.

Hula

Hula

Unexpected and cool things can happen when you're trying to balance a painting. Originally this one was supposed to be a dancer in her studio, but it seemed to be lacking something. I love circles - they represent wholeness, cycles, completeness - and a hula hoop came to mind. When I was a girl, hula hoops were certainly a girls' toy, but I was hopeless at it. So Hula is in complete admiration of those girls and women who can wiggle their hips just so;)

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

With a nod to the Brat Pack movie, Pretty in Pink is a commentary on pink as a girl's color. I think the color is associated with a weak femininity, a girly-girl with frills (at least in the west). The color is so gendered that I've overheard people saying they would never dress their boy in pink, worried he would be taunted as gay - something I think (and hope) is beginning to change. My pink dress does have frills, and I'm owning them. The tumultuous, boldly colored and textured background implies a complexity layered underneath the color that may one day come to a boil and surprise everyone. 

As an aside, blue used to be the color of royalty, why did boys get a monopoly on that color? 

In my Flawless series I strive to reshape gender norms by refusing to apologize for femininity, recognizing that pretty isn't weak.