Considering the story line for my animation is taking it’s time, but when considering the two characters to dominate it, I have considered using an androgynous approach in their drawing. When Androgynous is defined it means to be of indeterminate gender, and this could benefit me in the production of the final outcome. With gay marriage being at the forefront of equal rights, at this present time, I considered making a piece that would be relatable to all, so that the story I am wanting to converse with an audience can be heard from a wider audience.
Although artists for many millennia have attempted to break the rules, perhaps one that should not be broken is one where you limit your outcome. PEST analysis (political, economical, social and technological) would suggest that the best outcome for a piece in regards to love is either to make two main characters in a love story real, i.e. based on a real life couple, or make the figures androgynous so not to offend anyone.
Regardless of what I decide, I believe that we should also consider that androgynous isn’t always well designed. Androgynous figures in art will still either look feminine or masculine. In The ‘Last Judgement’ by Hieronymus Bosch, the androgynous figures in the second and thirds piece of this triptych all look feminine.
Although this may just be coincidental, perhaps we should consider the connotations. Would painting androgynous figures in a feminine way add to the motion of the art piece? In both parts of the triptych that depict such an occurrence, the figures are suffering. When this painting was made, men were the dominants in society. The figures would have maybe given a better emotive response because they could have been seen as more of a damsel in distress figure than humanity in general.
During the ‘gender-bender’ fashion trends of the 70’s and 80’s, it was clear to see that being androgynous was more of a power play. Women who dressed like men to appear more androgynous, had more power and were taken very seriously. So many business women during this era power dressed to get places. When men dressed slightly more femininely to look androgynous did it to feel more in touch with their audiences and seem more relatable (if they were famous like Boy George) or to merely agree with societies change in how the genders should be defined.
Since World War 2, many women took it upon themselves to take part in male roles in the home and work place, since a lot of men did not return. Women were forced to adapt to fill in the gaps war had torn. As the Glam Rock era’s emerged it was clear to see that a more psychologically androgynous society was being formed. If the concept of evolutionary psychology is more than just theoretical, then as humans we are heading for a 100% androgynous society where roles between the genders is no longer defined. Whether you are a feminist or not, this is a key factor.
My animation’s outcome with bare these points in mind, I should decide whether I want to conform to an androgynous world, or stick to what is still, sadly, deemed to be ‘socially acceptable’. Perhaps androgyny will mean more to an audience than being controversial in an individual’s eyes. By being controversial in my decision, would I be cancelling out an aspect of my audience? Do I want to speak to the masses or to an individual? Who do I want to define as my audience? To define is to destroy.