Girl Power for Street Art
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Girl Power for Street Art

Encouraging female participation in a traditionally male-dominated medium.


BY: Dudeman
PHOTO BY: Georgette P.
FIELD NOTES: The world of art has a long and ongoing history of under-representing female-identified artists. In the cultural context of a 100 or more years ago, this trend is frustrating but understandable. Despite today’s world of supposed equal opportunity, the ratio has not dramatically improved. The world of graffiti is no exception. While there is lots of female talent locally and globally, and pseudonyms sometimes make it difficult to identify an artist’s gender, most notable graffiti artists are male.

On that note, you’ve probably noticed this artist goes by the name Dudeman. You are not wrong to assume this is a male artist. With a column about women in graffiti surely it makes more sense to feature a female artist. We would if we could! This isn’t like, say, naming a man as woman of the year when there’s no shortage of deserving women. This particular lack of diversity makes the task daunting. When men possess a disproportionate amount of visibility it is valuable for them to encourage women in their fields. Even a piece like this, simple with an intention we can only guess at, has value. Eventually we would love to feature equal numbers of male and female artists. So, if you’re a woman in graffiti send us images of your work! If you’re a woman who has thought about making graffiti, get out there and paint! If you’re a fan of graffiti, post links to your favourite female artists! And if you’re a male graffiti artist or promoter of graffiti, make space for female artists.

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