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most recent self-portraits in mirrors - January/February 2011

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Eileen Cowin

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Self-portrait in mirror

Ilse Bing - self-portraits

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Juul Kraijer

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"The drawings are decidedly not representations of situations existing in reality. Rather, they are incarnations of frames of mind. The bodies are nude but neutral - vehicle rather than flesh. They remain in the domain of the spirit." Juul Kraijer 2004 - website










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Glamour

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Self-portrait in the kitchen - 2007 ? (1)
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As soon as you think or write about glamour you enter dangerous territory. Are we talking about artificiality and the lure of false values? About gold-digging seducers or women on the make? What about the ethics of fur or diamonds; or cosmetic surgery and the problems of body dysmorphia in the young? Is the idea of glamour exclusively western and white?

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Does glamour empower women, or turn them into objects? It is important to remember that women practise glamour, they are not simply the object of the male gaze. And, historically, glamorous women were just as likely to be seen as dangerous to men as victims themselves. Glamour can represent self-assertion, sexual confidence, playfulness, pleasure and delight. But in the end, nothing empowers women so much as a good education and a well-paid job (2).

Glamour versus feminism? Just look at the images in the media we all adore.
Carol Dyhouse - The Observer, Sunday 21 March 2010
Carol Dyhouse…
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 Quadriple protection 2
Quadriple protection 1
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