tamar etingen TAMAR ETINGEN   artist

 


SCIENCE, SEXISM & SATIRE

This edition of eighteen monoprints was inspired by the serendipitous finding of a middle school science textbook: “DISCOVERING OUR WORLD, Book One, Science for the Middle Grades,” printed in 1947. Since encountering this book, I have researched many other sources: science textbooks, children's encyclopedias and psychology texts, to name a few. In the books from this era (1940's -1960's), I have found examples of pictorial sexist propaganda that are too blatant to be called subliminal and are shocking in the context of our era. In these books, there was a very clearly illustrated message … Boys do, Girls watch. The boys were the ones handling the instruments, and conducting the experiments. They were active and innovative. The girls were portrayed as observers, only occasionally allowed to participate, never to be trusted with fire or sharp objects. When they did participate, they were either assisting the boys or they were alone. In YOUNG PEOPLES SCIENCE ENCYCLOPEDIA (Children’s Press, Inc., reissued in 1966), even Madame Curie (the only woman scientist mentioned) is pictured with her hands at her sides looking at her husband who is holding the radium several paces away. Later texts, in this spirit, show women as lab technicians, but rarely as scientists.

In this satirical series of monoprints I use copies of the illustrations that are chine colléd into oil-based ink monoprints.

experiments in magnetism

EXPERIMENTS IN MAGNETISM
oil-based monoprint, chine collé
H 15" x W 22", 2000
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watch this!

WATCH THIS!
oil-based monoprint, chine collé
H 25" x W 22", 2000
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blinc

BLIND
oil-based monoprint, chine collé
H 15" x W 22", 2000
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keep your hands on the table II

KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE TABLE II
oil-based monoprint, chine collé
H 14" x W 14", 2000
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(617) 894-1295

June 21, 2010