The Better Bombshell project

The Better Bombshell an exciting project that involves The Better Bombshell book being published in February. Their website puts it this way…

“The project is centered around a simple void in modern media: the lack of positive, multidimensional female role models. Who do today’s young women admire? Who do today’s men covet? What earns our envy and our celebration, our lust and our love? The last century has seen women’s roles change more rapidly than ever before, and the media is showering us with images of modern women – but without conscious reflection on what those images mean.”

I am so excited to see this project develop. To see more visit The Better Bombshell website.

I feel honored to have been featured on their blog as one of their artist profiles. Here is wonderfully written article by Siolo Thompson…

Artist Profile: Crystal Barbre

on a beautiful deviance through the scope of her painted work.

Crystal Barbre is a Seattle-based painter who blends old world style with very new world themes. Trained at the Gage Academy of Art with a strong foundation in classical technique, Crystal creates images that challenge, push and exploit our culture’s sexual and social norms. Rapidly gaining a devout fan base Crystal’s work has been featured in scores of exhibitions and magazines. Look for her work in Juxtapoz and Bizarre MagazineCreep Machine and galleries such as Roq La Rue  and LTD in (Seattle) and in LA at The Hyena Gallery and The Hive.
Barbre can paint pretty much anything, but she is best known for work that addresses strong sexual themes and features dominant woman (often with animal heads) engaging in sexual acts. In this guest blog post, we asked the artist to share her thoughts on being a female painter who works with explicit sexual content and the challenges those subjects presents.
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Crystal: We live in a society that constantly floods us with sexually charged images. In advertising, movies, music, and television, we’re awash in sexual imagery, but our society is still very reticent to talk about sexuality in any sort of in-depth or introspective way. This dichotomy makes it very hard for any artist, man or woman, to use sexually charged images in their work.
I think men and women have separate and unique challenges in creating work with edgy sexual content. Men who create this kind of work are often assumed to have questionable motives. They are seen as exploiting images of women and using sexual imagery for their own ends. I have a lot of sympathy for men that are trying to explore sexual themes because they have to work on a very short leash or are assumed to be chauvinistic or exploitative.
Women, on the other hand, work from the opposite side of the spectrum.We are expected to create “feminine” work, which is often absent of sexual themes. It is an idealistic notion that women can now be accepted as complete and layered individuals with all the sexual desires, flaws, and challenges that men have. My experience tells me that this notion, while desirable, is not yet a reality. Women have come a long way in establishing themselves as individuals independent of the expectations of Victorian ideas of “femininity,” but the old ideas still hold a very firm grip on much of our society – whether consciously or not.
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It is my hope that by continuing to explore my own assumptions about sexuality as a woman and as a person, with curiosity and desire to examine myself and my constantly changing social landscape, I will be lucky enough to find other people who are willing to engage with me about their own discoveries. I’m not trying to create “shock art,” but instead am seeking to act with full agency as a sexual being without being told who I am, what I am, and how I am supposed to act. I refuse to bow to historical gender expectations and limitations.  I hope my work can, in a small way, help do this for others as well.
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