Artist Statement: “There is a systemic shift in women’s perception of themselves. Evident in professional environments, social and romantic, women find themselves projecting the attributive behaviors of their male counterparts in language and action.
Professionally, it is expected for men to be aggressive about salary, raises and promotions. While women may work harder, they won’t ask for the upward mobility, even if they are the most deserving. To be motivated and forward thinking as a woman in business is an annoyance to many, even amongst their female peers.
Socially, women can “hang with the boys.” Equal alcohol consumption with disregard to their competitor’s significant disparity in weight is trophy worthy, or at least qualifies for a hi-five. Romantically, women are more forward physically. To be sensitive and vulnerable is a weakness, to feel emotion and connection, an unnecessary burden.”
MADELEINE RHONDEAU is from Crozet, Virginia and graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a B.A. in Studio Art. Painting is her primary medium, through which she investigates the issues of adolescent memory, female development, and female sexuality. Madeleine currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.