Girl Power! Art by Female Artists On This International Women’s Day

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March 8, 2020

Commemorating women’s struggle for equality, the International Women’s Day belongs to all who care about human rights. On this day, we acknowledge the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in history, but also call for change, aiming to accelerate gender equality and the empowerment of women everywhere.

To celebrate this important day, we have compiled a list of amazing contemporary artworks created by female artists which you can own right now!

Featured image: Etel Adnan - Adobe (detail), 2018. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Giulia Ricci - Orientation / Disorientation no.13

An Italian-born and London-based artist, Giulia Ricci makes finely detailed, geometrical abstract work using a variety of processes, including hand-made and digital drawing, laser engraving, installation and video. The basic structure for her works consists of grids of isosceles right-angled triangles, configured using repetition, rotation, mirroring and other compositional methods.

The underlying structure of Orientation / Disorientation no.13 from 2016 is determined by the grid. As with much of her work, the artist created multiple points of view to elicit a tactile and spatial response from the viewer.

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Shan Re - Nocturnal Blooms # 3

An Indian contemporary painter, Shan Re is known for the magical color palette of her works, each characterized by undying positive energy and intense harmony. Experimenting and exploring a wide array of subjects and genres, she creates works that are a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings and emotions recollected in tranquility.

The work Nocturnal Blooms #3 resulted from examining a world of emotional and psychological states. It is characterized by vivid colors and expressionistic brushstrokes.

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Sandra Chevrier - The Cage between Freedom and Captivity (​Flints Black)

A Canadian contemporary artist, Sandra Chevrier describes herself as a “gaze collector”, as she considers that you can read all the emotions of a human being just by looking in their eyes. Traveling over a broad range of fluctuating emotional enigmas and concepts that have set the standard of our modern communication, she creates hyper-realistic paintings of women that stare out towards the viewer.

The work The Cage between Freedom and Captivity (Flints Black) is part of the series that explores the motif of a cage that is at the heart of her oeuvre. The masks her subjects wear act as cages, at the same time allowing the viewer to peer inside and observe what’s hiding underneath.

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Etel Adnan - Adobe

A poetess, novelist, essayist and visual artist from Beirut, Lebanon, Etel Adnan is known for her vibrantly colored, abstracted renditions of mountains, ocean, and sky. Characterized by a poetic quality, distinct rhythm and warmth, her works interpret the Northern Californian landscape around San Francisco Bay, where she has spent much of her life.

Created with a palette knife, Adobe from 2018 features vibrant fields of colors on a small, intimate canvas. As she explained, her works are "very much a reflection of my immense love for the world, the happiness to just be, for nature, and the forces that shape a landscape.”

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Nona Faustine - In Praise of Famous Men No More

An American photographer and visual artist, Nona Faustine seeks to answer to, correct, and reclaim an American history loaded with untold truths. Through enlivening traces of the forgotten, she restores dignity to marginalized subjects and ensures that they are remembered as people.

Faustine's first series of large-scale prints, My Country confronts and interrogates iconic American monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Statue of Liberty. Using her camera to reframe conventional, colonialist perspectives, she seeks to reinsert some of the truth and trauma behind these memorialized spaces.

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Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkin ST

A famously provocative Japanese avant-garde artist, Yayoi Kusama is best known for her works featuring repeating motifs and psychedelic imagery that evoke themes of psychology, feminism, obsession, sex, creation, destruction, and intense self-reflection. Employing her art practice as a unique survival mechanism, she used it to process her hallucinations, confront personal phobias and make sense of the world around her.

Aside from her equally recognizable polka dots, pumpkins have been a passion of Kusama for more than six decades. Describing the pumpkin motif as an alter ego, she emphasized how her work and identity were intrinsically intertwined.

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Gwen Adler - Paris Square, after Giorgio de Chirico

An American photographer, Gwen Adler creates work that features photographic memories and architectural fabrications, chronicling material culture and the experience of place. Driven by social critique and animated by personal obsession, she creates the operatic large-scale digital collages using her own photography as source material.

Beyond the personal, Paris Square, after Giorgio de Chirico reflects the meta quality of the current zeitgeist. It is characterized by the compositional sensibility of density, gravity, and non-stop motion.

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Jitka Hanzlová - Untitled (Pia)

Czech artist Jitka Hanzlová uses photography to address the ways in which one's homeland and surrounding environment shape identity. Mostly working with portraiture, she captures looks and expressions, shot in a vertical format in distant parts of the world, having a bearing on the relationship of the individual with the context in which that person lives.

The work Untitled (Pia) features a little girl in a ballerina dress. Like the rest of her oeuvre, it emphasizes the link between the idea of belonging and that of identity, an identity in continual, flowing transformation.

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Sophie Calle - Mama (dans le vase) n°3

A notoriously controversial figure of the European scene and one of France’s leading conceptual artists to date, Sophie Calle explores personal relationships, investigating both psychological and emotional terrains of all of us. All of her pieces are meant to provoke a strong emotional reaction in the viewer, as well as to probe the ideas of control, vulnerability, freedom, gender, intimacy and distance in human relationships.

Mama (dans le vase) n°3 from 2012 is a still life featuring a vase with red flowers.

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Natalia Rak - Neverending story

An artist from Poland, Natalia Rak is known for her extremely vibrant large-scale murals. Interested in art from an early age, she practiced different mediums until she transitioned to street art. She draws inspiration from old photos, daydreams, book illustrations and Marvel Comics books, among other things.

Drawn from a book and a movie by the same title, Neverending Story from 2018 features a particularly brightly colored palette and stylized yet still realistic characters.

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