Academic journals for high school students

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Surreal Feminists: The Mexican Surrealist Painters That Carried a Movement

Natalie Kwon
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School


This research paper explores feminist surrealism by highlighting a selection of three prominent Mexican women surrealist painters: Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington. This study examines the ways in which these artists utilized surreal art to challenge traditional gender norms. Additionally, through a comprehensive examination of their artworks and actions, this research investigates how feminist surrealists crafted narratives that embraced female agency and challenged traditional notions of womanhood and women’s roles in patriarchal society. The study also explores the impact of surreal imagery, such as mysticism and the subconscious, in conveying the feminist perspective, revealing the role of these elements in self-discovery and empowerment. Moreover, this paper investigates the historical context in which these artists worked and considers the societal constraints they faced, shedding light on how these were depicted in their artworks. It includes a complex analysis of the meaning behind their artistic expressions and how they significantly contributed to the feminist political movement. Ultimately, this paper argues that surrealism provided a powerful opportunity for feminist artists to challenge and transform prevailing gender stereotypes. By examining the works and experiences of these female artists, we gain a better understanding of the intersection between surrealism and feminism.

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