The Importance of Female Artists

by thefeargirls

 By Caitlin Clarkson

Being a female artist is a wonderful, baffling thing. While I truly believe that many people have an inherent desire to create something, anything, there are days when it feels like the fact that I am a woman makes my choice to create a political one. Maybe it should be. The most expensive artwork by a still living woman, Louise Bourgeois, sold for a paltry sum ($10.7m) compared to artworks by her contemporaries (such as Lucien Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, which sold for $33.6m). A recent post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie’s saw art by females artists outnumbered 1-to-5; the proceeds from their work accounted for less than 5% of the night’s total.

One of Louise Bourgeois’ Spiders

For one reason or another, the work of female artists just isn’t as monetarily valuable as the work of male artists. Would it be too far of a stretch to say that whoever is buying these pieces of art doesn’t think that the work is very valuable at all? That for some reason, the art buying world has deemed these works by female artists to be less important?

Luckily, there is hope. Of the top ten selling female artists, five are still practicing. Women are constantly pushing to have their talents and achievements recognized. Female artists continue to show the world that their voices are valid. We know that women have just as much to say as men. And we want to hear it.

Starting this Thursday, The Fear Girls will begin showcasing the work of female artists, of all ages and from around the world, every week. We believe that it is important to provide a space for female artists of all fields to be represented. It doesn’t mater what you do—paint, sculpt, write, film—we want to see it, and we want to help you share it with the world.

All you have to do is review our submission guidelines and contact us at thefeargirls@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you voice be heard.

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