Caitlin Smith (b.2001) is a multidisciplinary surrealist artist completing her master’s degree at the University of Sunderland. Working with a plethora of mediums, Smith favours relief printmaking processes & painting, acrylic being her preferred choice. At present, her practice explores the figurative narrative of the internalised femme fatale conjuring fragmented paintings and prints. Caitlin strives to eradicate the unspoken autocracy and biased attitudes implemented within both society & the Arts, alongside prioritising inclusivity, and representation. Smith visually transcribes an outrageous oeuvre displaying themes of politics, societal taboos, and conflict, employing a mordacious narrative leading to a series of pronounced juxtapositions filled with allegories.
Referring to the theory demonstrated by poststructuralism, my practice confronts the notion of gender biases and stereotypes. I shift the objectification of women and marginalised genders onto those who hold a phallocentric worldview, illustrating a reciprocated series of images that depict the misogynist as the subject of societal standards and scrutiny. I celebrate women’s bodies as they are, rather than the subject of degradation and sexualisation as the male spectacle, instead I present the female gaze. I hope to disrupt and extinguish the prevailing prerogatives of the patriarchy and resist the social conditioning of the so-called gender normative positions, “masculine” and “feminine” – I want to encourage the audience to resonate with and understand the obstructive conformities and social dissection women and marginalised genders have and continue to be, subjected.
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