NoMorePage3Mcr: Stunner

 

NoMorePage3Mcr ran the first event today, Back in Time, at Manchester Art Gallery. We looked at Joana Vasconcelos and her artworks Big Booby #2 and Bond Girl, and explored what they meant to us in the context of society’s rhetoric partly symbolised by Page 3 and its placement in a popular high profile newspaper, The Sun.

Myself and Camilla Rostvik ran an activity around Bond Girl exploring her context in terms of art history and what our own reactions to the work were. Camilla explored further Pre-Raphaelite art and the term ‘Stunner’, used for the models of the artworks.

There is a lack of recognition of female artists in the Pre-Raphaelite movement which people are trying to address.

‘Likewise Jane Morris gets virtually no credit for leading the revival in needlework skills that became such an integral component of the arts and crafts movement of the 1870s and beyond.’

Famous model, not well known as an artist in her own right, is Jane Morris. A work of her (of her rather than by her) was directly next to Bond Girl which offered a great opportunity to discuss Stunners and representations of women.

Rossetti's painting of Jane Morris

Rossetti’s painting of Jane Morris

As a group we came up with a definition of ‘Stunner’:

sexy, someone who is going to bash your brains in, heterosexual, white, plastic surgery, individual, limiting, shallow, landscape, bang knocked out, immediately good looking, gratifying, instant gratification, grotesque, phwoar, no further explanation or investigation needed. 

The finality of the last statement suggests the acceptance of these ideals of female beauty that society engineers. This acceptance is something NoMorePage3 resists, and the event today led to some really interesting discussions where we got to challenge these discourses, it was a real pleasure to work with everyone!

Here’s a short extract of me and Jane Bradley talking about Joana Vasconcelos and her work. I am still uploading the first half of the intro also!

 

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