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Features and Expressions
August 23, 2010, 21:42
Filed under: Abstract Gender

Spreads from my sketchbook, showing my process of exploring ‘typical’ contrasts between male/female features and expressions.


El Mar. La Mar.
August 12, 2010, 18:28
Filed under: Abstract Gender

The starting point I have chosen from The Old Man and The Sea is the part that describes how the fishermen refer to the sea as either ‘La Mar’ when the sea is kind to them and ‘they love her,’ or ‘El Mar’ when they describe the sea as either ‘a contestant or a place or even an enemy.’

This description struck a chord with me from the moment I read it as quite simply an interesting idea. How something as mammoth as the ocean could have traits that we associate as either masculine or feminine.

This is when I started researching the differences between male and female brains, which as you can imagine brought up a lot of amusing articles but also some really interesting insights. ‘Beautiful Minds: A Little Matter of Gender’ is an interesting series of programmes I discovered on youtube where Scientists explore the difference between the brains of the sexes.

Females- E-Brain (Empathy)

Males- S-Brain (System)

Interesting discovery that autism could be described as an extreme male brain. Looking at things as systems.

The Old Man and The Sea
August 2, 2010, 16:06
Filed under: Abstract Gender

Instead of deliberating for too long over which piece of text I should respond too, I have given myself my own limitations and decided upon the novella ‘The Old Man and The Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway.

I have read this book a couple of times in the past and I find it a very beautiful piece of writing. Although in many ways the story could be described as a simple one (as the title so suggests) it touches on many themes of greater weight with the use of symbolism. My plan was too re-read the book before then going through it a second time picking out the quotes which spoke to me most, often because of Hemingway’s use of interesting imagery. Below are a few extracts that I personally found most interesting.

-‘They were old as erosions in a fishless desert.’

-‘Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?’

-(La Mar) ‘What they call her in Spanish when they love her.’

(El Mar) ‘They spoke of her as a contestant or a place or even an enemy.’

-‘The moon affects her as it does a woman.’

-‘I hate cramp. It is a treachery of one’s own body…a cramp…humiliates oneself especially when one is alone.’

-‘I am glad we do not have to kill the stars.’