Call for Art: “The Babe, the Bitch, and the Blueblood”
When the little girl opened the door of her grandmother’s house she saw that there was somebody in bed with a nightcap and nightgown on. She had approached no nearer than twenty-five feet from the bed when she saw that it was not her grandmother but the wolf, for even in a nightcap a wolf does not look any more like your grandmother than the Metro-Goldwyn lion looks like Calvin Coolidge. So the little girl took an automatic out of her basket and shot the wolf dead.
(Moral: It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be.)
- James Thurber
In Fairy Tales, there are many tropes used to portray women. These are limited to the Femme Fatale, Damsel in Distress, Innocent, and Villain. These tropes interpret women in a very two-dimensional way, and regardless of what they are they are constantly represented as helpless and in need of a man in order to be happy. In modern versions like the one above, just because you show this character trait doesn’t mean that that you’re helpless. Our goal with this show is to take back these character personas and show these women as individuals that can take care of themselves.
We want these pieces to portray one the main 4 character types seen in many classic Fairy Tales:
Femme Fatale: A more seductive female who uses her sexuality as a weapon, used as a tool to make men afraid of women. (ex. Sirens from Greek Mythology)
Damsel In Distress: A character used to reinforce patriarchal standards and make women feel powerless. (ex. Rapunzel)
Innocent: Usually a naïve child or young girl, used to show virginal qualities as desirable. (ex. Little Red Riding Hood)
Villain: Usually a witch or an evil stepmother, used as a device to show youth as being more suitable. (ex. Cinderella’s stepmother)
If you’re interested in joining us submit to our tumblr!!!
Here’s what we need from you:
Name, email, website and/or tumblr and pick TWO of the character traits you would most like to illustrate.
Riley Burrus, firstname.lastname@example.org, rileyburrus.tumblr.com
“I would like to illustrate either the Villain or the Innocent.”
We will be sending out emails in the next few weeks to say who got in and we will assign you a character.
More information about the show will be uploaded to our tumblr, babebitchblueblood.tumblr.com, let us know if you have any questions!
Looking forward to your submissions!
**Show hosted at MCAD but you do not need to be an MCAD student to apply **