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Gender-Bending Provocative Artwork

Kirsty Whiten's Art Challenges Cultural Conventions and Taboos

— March 27, 2016 — Art & Design
Edinburgh-based artist Kirsty Whiten describes her artistic interests by saying “I make meticulous and confronting drawings and paintings about humans, their psychology, sexuality and behaviour." With her latest project, a limited edition art book titled 'WRONGER RITES - The Quing of the Now People,' Whiten plans to bind together 72 beautifully disturbing and thought-provoking original pieces. Each page will work to complement the other and compose a larger meaning than what might be created in just one painting, as well as make her art to be more accessible and affordable.

Whiten’s dark animalistic interpretations of humans allows her to attribute more meaning to her subjects, generating a dialogue that confronts gender roles and boundaries, sexual freedom, vanity and morality. Using bright contrasting colours along with her meticulous level of detail that induces a sense of realism, the pieces show the mis-remembered fabricated rituals of a people Whiten creates, who she refers to as the wild ‘Now-Peoples.'
Trend Themes
1. Challenging Gender Norms - Opportunities to create provocative and thought-provoking art that challenges traditional views of gender.
2. Merging Realism with Fantasy - Opportunities to create innovative artwork that merges realistic depictions of humans with fantastical elements.
3. Accessible Art - Opportunities to make art more accessible and affordable through limited edition art books.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Design - Innovative artists who challenge societal norms in their work.
2. Publishing - Publishers who are willing to take a chance on unique and provocative art books.
3. Emerging Artists - An opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work in a unique and accessible format.
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