Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Joan Arbeiter

This Is For Keeps

This Is For Keeps

Joan Arbeiter. This Is For Keeps, 2004.

This is For Keeps
(part of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Fulfilling Society's Limited Expectations Series)

Choosing to make a lifetime commitment to another individual based on unrealistic expectations and unreasonable needs is probably not a good idea.
It would be more promising if each has had a chance to evolve as an individual, so the relationship is on solid and equal ground.

Because, a lot of unexpected things can happen on the way to “happily ever after...” - Joan Arbeiter

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Fulfilling Society's Limited Expectations Series

There are three main elements in the mixed media assemblages. Each begins with vintage photos of me during my formative years, then docu­ments the timeframe in question with an authentic period magazine illus­tration and finally, updates and completes the message by including posi­tion statements from contemporary feminist books and periodicals e.g. Kate Millet, Betty Friedan, N.O.W., Feminist Majority, and Girls, Inc.

It took the Women's Movement to help me to see these cute snapshots in a different light: as a record of my being prepared to assume the then prevailing gender roles.

Mixed Media

vintage photographs, assemblage, vintage advertisements, commitment, marriage, mixed media, appropriation

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