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Author | Photo Bartosik, Aleks. she was not his venus in furs. Acrylic, conté, pencil, oil on canvas. 48 x 48”. 2007. Courtesy of the artist.

Express Yourself: Art-making Inspired by Feminist Ideals @ the AGO

Marlene Dumas, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, Julie Oakes, Suzy Lake and Pam Patterson. Ring a bell? They’re all boundary-pushing feminist artists that are informed by the notion that art is political.

Starting this month, check out Art-making Inspired by Feminist Ideas, a new course at the AGO led by instructor/artist Alek Bartosik. Through paper work, text work, painting, found object work, performance, ‘zines and statements, you’ll be encouraged to use whatever mode works to express yourself.

“I hope to open windows for engagement and discussion about art, and in this class, a dialogue that will inspire change towards what feminism is all about – ending sexism and oppression,” says Bartosik. “Art-making is just one of many forms of working towards change to end oppression, and I hope my students will find something in their creations to spark that conversation for them.”

Art-making Inspired by Feminist Ideas runs Mondays from February 6 to March 6. Register here.

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