Successfully Sensitive | Emotionally Unstable

Brit D’Argaville’s  ‘Political Problem’ [Neon transparent synthetic polymer resin, 39.8 x 122.6 x 6.4 cm. Exhibited at Start Up – Top Arts 2015 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)]

Using specific colour and font, Brit D’Argaville’s ‘Political Problem‘ draws on gender stereotyping and double-standards exposed between male and female representation in both politics and the media.

  • For example, ‘SUCESSFULLY SENSITIVE’  is represented in blue capital letters, which depicts how male politicians are perceived when they cry in the public domain.
  • In contrast, the pink and feminine representation reads ‘emotionally unstable‘ in flowing collapsed letters; representing stereotype bias when a female politician cries in public and according to the artist; conveys a sense of hopelessness.

For further information on this artwork, see D’Argaville’s page on Top Arts 2015 at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Melbourne website.

The NGV is celebrating its 25th year of the Start Up Top Arts exhibition, presenting outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) each year.

The current Top Arts exhibition for 2019 can be viewed at the NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne, Ground Level, NGV Design Studio. (Duration: 22 March, 2019 – 14 July, 2019, Open 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. daily – Free entrance).

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