The show is a stance again society's imposition of modesty on women.
Whether it is too much or too little, it always falls upon women to adapt
to the socialized idea of what is acceptable and respectable.
MissMe’s Toronto show is a mix of two concepts from the Artist’s feminist series:
“The Portrait of a Vandal"
“To be born with a woman’s body is to bear the unsolicited burden of humanity’s unresolved attitudes towards sex. She learns to adapt to a patriarchal system that blames women for the misbehavior of men. She’s taught to be ashamed of her sexuality and apologize for the power of her body. This is the portrait of an unapologetic soldier, The Portrait of a Vandal.”
“Don’t Tell Me What To Wear”
A series started in reaction to the “Charte de Valeurs" in Quebec and the current social climate in the US where it feels like people are being allowed to bully women for covering their hair with a hijab. There are many instances where people assume that women wearing a hijab is a sign of oppression. In the occasions of my art, the women I’ve drawn are my friends - and one thing I can tell you is that they are not "oppressed". The women depicted in these images self-describe as feminists, activists, self-aware and educated - they just happen to have a different level of modesty. Originally, I began drawing my Muslim girlfriends. But as both the series and my conversations surrounding the oppression of the male gaze continued - I added a Jewish and a Christian friend. In this case, I wanted to make the argument that sometimes "oppression is in the eye of the beholder".