Thug

Lisa Mull's avatar Lisa Mull Vote Code: 67116

The subject is an 18thC female "thug"... The identity contradiction is an expression of defiance to expectations of women; to be ornamental, frivolous, compliant, etc... Her tattoo, the word "thug", came about in the early 19thC, derived from the Hindi word "thag" meaning 'villain'. This term is used here to express rebellion, undermining the suppression of social authority... Her injury shows the consequence of noncompliance. The background of repetitive houses represents conformity, and the green grass/blue sky/puffy clouds represent idealism... The 18thC, Marie Antoinette-like hair and dress were used as this was a particular time of polarized and ideological gender roles. The "pouf" hairstyle was a labor-intensive undertaking and was often paired with a dress that narrowed the waist and emphasized the bust and hips. Although today her defiance may not be as shocking, still some 200+ years later, women continue to have to conform to or contend against these same ideals.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: watercolor and ink
  • Width: 12 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 18 inches