Today’s post features a Baltimore artist, Lindsay Bottos who studied photography and gender studies. Her piece below, Anonymous, looks into the inequality of women, the power of anonymity and the perceptions we have. These “selfies” she posts on her ongoing tumblr also include selected messages she received after each posting. Also being a woman in the art industry whose art is self reflective, this series really hit home for me.
People feel they can hide behind their anonymity. The internet allows us to feel like we can say whatever we want without the fear of being challenged. Most of these readers would probably never say this to her face, because that would open the door to owning what they say (and that they are saying this to another human being). Isn’t this the same reason gossip runs wild too? That we text an apology instead of call? That we email our boss with a lie about being late?
Lindsay is one of many artists willing to confront what’s being said to her and isn’t jumping to change her art or herself in order to be accepted. Art and expression isn’t going away that easily…
The following was posted on her website explaining this series of photos:
“Some new stuff I’m working on, I get tons of anonymous messages like this every day and while this isn’t unique to women, the content of the messages and the frequency in which I get them are definitely related to my gender. I almost exclusively get them after I post selfies. The authority people feel they have to share their opinion on my appearance is something myself and many other girls online deal with daily.”