Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Femme of the Stars
Galaxy of Girls
Throughout the centuries there are fine art paintings, sculptures, statues and tapestries, showing groups of women who decourate the scenes with a fashion dedicated to the advancement of love, power, nature, beauty and serenity. A display of adult females dancing, flying, soaring, twirling, reclining, diving, playing and standing proudly across landscapes, old and new, ancient and modern, outside and inside, above and under buildings of high power, state, finance, industry, religious temples, art galleries, museums and academies. The favourite designs of these tangled, free, beautiful women elevate a superior quality of civilisation. These women, who are portrayals of different nymphs, goddesses, maidens, brides, wives, princesses and ladies are frozen still, yet always seem alive, glowing and intense with energy. From the Caryatid at the Acropolis, the stone women figures in Trieste and classical nymphs by Waterhouse, Rae, Bouguereau, Battista, Quellinus, Harvey, Zatzka and Vecchio. These women became immortalised in art as nymphs, dryads, sirens, goddesses and fairies, all filled with glamour. These images are both cold and warm, dreamlike but firm. They look tender but their magic and adventure is tough, strong, frosty and marble.
The universal tradition of women gathering together is both seen as dark and light. The darkside of groups of girls are frowned upon in a certain way, as in history, they were seen as witches and harpies come together to make spells. The brighter side of a group of girls is seen as cool, rich, balanced, even exotic. Today kids, especially girls, are confronted with this Girl Power in animated form. These are the Disney Princesses mainly and others in media such as Winx Club, W.I.T.C.H., Powerpuffs, Bratz, Sailor Moon and countless others. Toys, cartoons, TV, books and music bands reach out more to girls and women now because there are more girls and a galaxy of girl stuff than before.
Starry Eyes and Cosmic Cosmetics
Women have always loved wearing make-up. The eyes, mouth, nails and cheeks are concentrated on more than the rest. Women want to look brighter. Glitter, sparkles and twinkling flashes. A stellar of starlight on the upper lids. A nebula shadow passing over, just beneath each of the eyebrows. A Milky Way half twirl of mascara and liner. Solar mouth. Lunar rouge cheeks. A system of shining planetary nails. Comets and asteroids of bling cast here and there. A comet whoosh of hairspray and added finery or dyes to make it like rainbows, stars and suns. Women's desire to be pampered and beautiful echoes the cosmos and how it looks back to us, a mirror and mirrors.
Inner Space Make Over
On the surface women generally appear to enhance themselves. There are some women who don't. Some don't feel like they have to. Some may be prevented, or not allowed to draw eyes. Others might be anti beauty. Whatever reason, there are those also that feel beautiful inside. The earth is beautiful inside and outside but inside are contained secrets, some very rich and wonderful, some dangerous, deadly and avoidable. Inside, we're more than features. We have beauty, minerals, metals, blood, spirit and mind. The body is full of danger and wonder, too.
Finding ones inner beauty is a hard journey to make, because it was tough getting to the moon, and tougher entering the interior of the planet. We haven't explored the inside of the earth, or the ocean enough yet we all look outside. This is a hesitance of looking at things within, because inside is closer to home. The inner beauty of women is projected in the display of nymphs, goddesses and fairies, gathering outside powerhouses and temples, to fill people with wonder, as is meant to do. So women don't need make-up, and if they find their inner beauty they can project that nature.
Special info and links:
(Book) "Monuments and Maidens" by Marina Warner.
Girl Power on Wikipedia
Picture is "Star Goddess" by the artist hgrivera