“What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails and puppy-dog’s tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice, and all that’s nice.”
With the uprising of Slutwalk (protest marches against explaining or excusing rape by referring to aspects of a woman’s appearance) across the nation, we are entering a new era of revolution, and possibly channeling the past. Her portraits are an homage to strong women who challenge the idea of playing meek in our society, and win. Punk rockers such as Patty Smith, Wendy O. Williams, Kathleen Hanna (just to name a few) challenged that image by giving their nay-sayers the middle finger — and by living their lives however they saw fit. Their concept of non-conformity toward the world paved the way for future generations, such as Natalia, to embrace and embody the new notion of female identity.
But, you don’t have to take my word for it — exhibition will be on display until February 11, 2012 at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. — Roz Baron