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Victorian Inspired Fine Art Photography - The Victorian School Mistress Wall Art Print

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I have imagined her as a school mistress. Until the Sex Disqualification Removal Act was passed in 1919, married women were not allowed to work as teachers in the UK. School mistress had probably to refrain from displaying their beauty and being too feminine. This school mistress though has defiantly decided to embrace her femininity and not hide from the male gaze. She is a woman after all married or not she will embrace what everything a woman is.

Compared to her Renaissance and Regency counterparts, she not only looks more mature but is also more evolved in her thought process through education.

I have imagined her as a school mistress. Until the Sex Disqualification Removal Act was passed in 1919, married women were not allowed to work as teachers in the UK. School mistress had probably to refrain from displaying their beauty and being too feminine. This school mistress though has defiantly decided to embrace her femininity and not hide from the male gaze. She is a woman after all married or not she will embrace what everything a woman is.

Compared to her Renaissance and Regency counterparts, she not only looks more mature but is also more evolved in her thought process through education.

This image is part of the Quiet Rebellion, the aim of this project is to give a voice to women that didn't have one through history, connecting the dots and inviting them in a scene that reflects their oppression and the ways they had to learn to rebel "quietly" from the place that society gave them, accepting their lot, feeling under pressure to conform.

Their only form of escapism was to rebel inside, moving things slowly like the wings of a butterfly, creating a snowballing effect across history. This project is a reflection of the story of all these women that could not use their voices. I’ve found my inner self deeply resonating with the paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi, not that I've endured a similar oppression, but since childhood this desire to be a free and independent woman was always rooted in me.

My idea with this project is to continue to rustle feathers, building up the quiet rebellion and bring out that powerful voice that I have tamed for so long! I have now reached the Victorian Period and looking to move on to the next era.

Name : Victorian Inspired Fine Art Photography - The Victorian School Mistress Wall Art- Part of Quiet Rebellion - “The Bewildered Maiden Series”

Each photo is printed on demand on Archival Canson Aquarelle Rag, high textured Paper 310 gsm with 1.5 in border. Delivered with signed and numbered certificate. The paper is an aquarelle paper with texture.

Unframed and unmounted. Framed images are for presentation purpose only