“I’M NOT WITH HIM”, functions as a mirror to our current cultural landscape. According to University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, only 4% of American films have been directed by women in the past 11 years. The male gaze is alive and well.
“I’M NOT WITH HIM” features work by Hannah Epstein, Lizzee Solomon, Katrina Majkut, Jenna Houston, and Njaimeh Njie. Their art explores feminist narratives through untraditional mediums, such as rug-hooking, site-specific installation, photography, and cross-stitching. Most importantly, they refuse to give in to the burdens of the male gaze. Instead, they yell back at the catcaller and tell him to fuck off. By subversively re-appropriating the male gaze, questioning patriarchal histories, and imbuing narratives with subjectivity, these artists create work that embraces the consequences of yelling back, “FUCK OFF!”
Christina Lee is an illustrator, zinemaker, printmaker, animator, and designer from San Jose, CA currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Fine Arts program, and has also studied Illustration at University Arts London, Camberwell in London and Graphic Design at the School of Visual Art in New York City. She is currently a Designer at ShowClix and moonlights as an Illustrator for various publications, clothing stores, ad agencies, greeting card companies, and restaurants. Graphic novels, pop culture, and kitsch are highly influential to her work.