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Process diary

Emilee Jane Spargo

St John's College

Artwork title
Silenced
HSC year
2014
ARTEXPRESS year
2015
Expressive form
Drawing
Artist’s statement

Eventually women are silenced or objectified in some way. In the era in which the comics were produced, their responsibility was to normalise the idea that it was acceptable and routine for women to be submissive to men. The silencing of women, past and present, is inferred in the way the comics are smothering and gagging the subject. The text in each cell has been changed, not to add meaning that didn’t exist but to make that message more explicit. The artworks look inwards to symbolise the closed circuit. The black-and-white border mimics the cells within the artwork, confining the subject.

Influencing artists: Sandra Chevrier, Cherry Hood