There has been a powder keg brewing with general gender equality rights. Last year alone there has been an onslaught of gender issues, based on real events, that has presented itself . With the publics' increasing understanding of the internet, unsurprisingly there has been an increasingly vocal group that has argued for both sides of said events. Equally as expected there has been art created tocomment on this zeitgeist. Duneska Suannette is an artist who takes an everyday experience most women go through and inserts a certain amount of mysticism and wonder to it. This is deployed in a celebratory manner to commemorate what makes women truly unique.
Her art style is very detail oriented, optimizing them at a microscopic level so the viewer would have to take time to truly appreciate all of the nuances in her pieces. At a glance, the pieces appear to look the same, however it seems that it was her intention. It's the smaller attributes that helps differentiate each piece. Her Luna series, for example, is a monochromatic ode to women's menstruation cycle. At a glance you see a vague depiction of a woman's figure but when you scan the picture closer you can see the amazing stippling work on the moon. It serves a dual purpose of providing shading and gradience on the moon, and gives the piece a certain amount of theatrics. The moons in their different phrases is to signify a woman's menstruation cycle. On the surface level it connects in that women and the moon goes through their specific cycles, however if you dig deeper you can argue that moon was placed there as the moon in the cosmos controls the tides on Earth, comparably humans are 78% water so the moon potentially has some effect on a person's . Some might see the symbolism as ham fisted but the depiction of the moon gives the piece drama that a typical monochromatic piece may need.
Along with having a broader open forum to discuss topics like gender rights, there has been a dissemination of folklore in the modern American society. For example the film industry seems to be levied more by preexisting properties every year. Duneska's brand of art along with being feminist examinations of makes a woman unique, inserts certain whimsical details that you would find in a classic fable. For example her depictions of the moon in her pieces are more abstractions and ideals of what it may look like. It harkens back to some Aesop's Fables where he would muse about the moon's great majesty in how dramatic she makes the craters. This use of detail work gives her topics even more significance in that it speaks to how common women receive such dramatic misconceptions. An example in our society that the mere notion of what a woman is and what their worth as a human being can be lost to some and viewed as an ethereal figure that is hard to comprehend.
If you would like to view more of her work visit her website: duneskasuannette.com, Instagram, and Facebook.