– Celina Clarke, Toronto
My identity as a woman shapes my day to day interactions, the choices I make and the opportunities open to me. At 24 I feel more aware of this reality than ever before as I notice how gender plays into the way I am treated and the ways in which other women are represented around me, especially in films, TV and other forms of media. I see a constant portrayal of violence against women and the female body; I think this normalizes a culture of casual misogyny that is often so integrated it is difficult to confront.
This painting was created as a message of hope, as much for myself as for those who view it.
This painting was created as a message of hope, as much for myself as for those who view it. I struggle to concentrate, wish to have more determination and a stronger sense of self. Every day I am inspired by other women who counter the existing female narrative by sharing their stories of resilience; my friends, people speaking out on social media, female authors, musicians and activists. It’s these voices that encourage me to rise up and see the light and possibility that exist within and around me.