Sit Like a Lady - R Hermelyn Di Silvestro
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Sit Like a Lady

Sit Like a Lady

I’ve thought about this series for the past 4 years, during a time where respect, honor, and truth have been challenged. These turbulent years inspired me to reflect on how I was raised. My mother was a true lady, strong yet fragile, like many women of her time, never recognizing her own true value. Yet through my childhood, she watched as new opportunities and choices became available for women. My mother taught me that it’s okay to be “lady like”, kind, respectful, and honorable to others, as well as myself. All the while, taking up space like a man, in what she considered, a man’s world.

 

Sit Like a Lady is a visual metaphor for the practice of ‘wo+manspreading.’ This series portrays female figures in confident and powerful body positions, that are more common amongst men. By portraying women in these ‘wide’ positions with dominant body language, I challenge the viewer to go beyond the customary gender stereotypes of ‘a powerful position’ for a man but ‘a sexual signal position’ for a woman. I believe we all can share equal space and harmony in society.