A COMIC PORTRAIT OF FEMINISM
Catwoman, lycra, and whips: every man’s fantasy, or a female Superheroine?
We’ve come a long way from Bride to Be, Nellie the Nurse, and Mille the Model comic books since Marvel debuted The A-Force in May 2015: an all-female superhero lineup. She-Hulk and Spider-Woman seem to give their male counterparts a run for their money. However, despite giving the female leads more ‘heroic’ careers, our eyes still darted directly to their glossy leather hotpants and outrageous get-ups. Do Superheroes really only need sex appeal to save the world?
This is not a heart or an apple. It is a butt on a comic cover.
If you like the sound of bathing in vaseline, then go slither into latex or leather leggings. Congratulations, if you answered yes, you might even stand a chance in future Spider-Woman castings.
However, we’ve decided we’ll pass. How can wearing, essentially, another layer of skin be comfortable, you might ask? The short answer is: it’s not. And despite creating the A-Force to give women an equal chance, Marvel comics are still designed in a man’s world.
And in the midst of our slinky Superhero research (and failing to understand how anyone has an apple butt), we discovered artist, Sandra Chevrier: a Canadian who calls herself “the Gaze Collector.”
Instead of using female Superheroes as examples, Sandra juxtaposes male comic strips on top of delicate female portraits. She also emphasises each character’s eyes to, quite literally, translate her take on the female gaze.
In her series, Cages, Chevrier masks women with the comics, stating that male ideals bar them from living life to the fullest. Between her use of comics and her delicate painting style, Sandra’s paintings unveil the daily struggles of women.
So, ditch that skin-tight rubber unitard and trust your innate spidey senses. Feast your eyes on Sandra’s latest collection of real heroines below; and if you’re in New York, head down to the Jonathan Levine Gallery to West 20th St now to view her work up close and personal.
La Cage et le Son du Tambour, “The Cage and the Sound of the Drum”
La Cage et le combat sans fin, “The Cage and the Endless Fight”
La Cage quand le souffle du vent fend le ciel, La Cage quand la nuit abrite mille peurs, “The Cage When the Wind Splits the Sky , The Cage When Night Shelters Thousand Fears”
Check out Sandra's stuff on her website, blog, and instagram.