Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs

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Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs

'Menstruate with Pride'

You know that feeling you get when you finish listen to a song and you feel like the lyrics were written for you? Or When you read a book and think the words could have been ripped from your journal? Or When you see a bangin 'piece of art and think, "I wish I could express my frustration towards patriarchal system like that!" Okay, maybe you have not thought that last one yet, but you will after you see artwork by Sarah Maple. Maple works in a variety of media, Including photography, mixed media, and paintings, to name a few.

NSFW-ish pieces ahead ....

Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs

'Using my intelligence' - Oil, acrylic and gloss on canvas - 2008

The British artist explores various intersecting themes work in her, drawing from her own identities as a British Muslim woman. Her pieces are provocative, controversial, and just plain funny. These pieces are personal ways of questioning the normative notions of culture, religion, identity, gender roles, and beauty expectations.

Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs

'Who Wore It Best-burqa', 'Who Wore It Best Tits'

Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs

'Ariel Graduation' - C-Type Print - 10 x 8 in the - 2011

On her website, she has posted a few interesting responses to her work, Including the Following:

'There may be comedy here, but Maple is no joke.'

-Tom Jeffreys, Spoonfed

'Maple's art relies Purely on her being attractive and Muslim.'

-Anonymous, Myartspace.com

'It's very emotive stuff. She is using the female notion of appropriateness to explain political and personal realism. '

-Anthony Gormley artist,

Why do you think she includes the myartspace.com quote on her site? I'm thinking this critique of her work is Exactly what she is critiquing in society.

Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs

'White Girl' - C-Type Print - 2007

Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs

'Untitled with skirts up' - Oil on board - 40.5 x 51 cm - 2011

Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs


'Passport' - Acrylic and gloss on board - 133 x 60 cm - 2007

Her pieces are so perceptive That We hope she Continues to get recognition for her work and she keeps making waves, not only in the art world, but in society as well. Sometimes a great piece of art is all it takes to get someone thinking about the way culture and gender operate. It might be naïve to think we can indeed change the world right now, but there's nothing wrong with trying.

Muslim Woman's Feminist Artwork Makes Waves and LOLs

'Signs' - C-Type Print - 2007

Thanks to: lostateminor.com , sarahmaple.com

Images from: sarahmaple.com , rebelart.net , tumblr.com , fadwebsite.com , ideastap.com

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