A curious bit of work and also revealing. Through it we discover a lot regarding our natural conditioning. Women trying to take on the mannerisms of man acting out a traditional position are challenged by the unusual. We see plenty of men playing women in theater but not so much the other way around.
There is a lot more here than meets the eye and it deserves study.
All good and worthwhile. may even have value for marketing..
An artist replaced the men in these classic Westerns with women.
At first, the culture shock was fun. House says she quickly became infatuated with the Western genre: the outfits, the cowboy boots, the music.
"But when I actually got around to watching Western movies," she adds, "I was horrified by the roles for ... anybody except white men basically."
The stoic renegades played by John Wayne, James Dean, and Clint Eastwood stood in stark contrast to the helpless damsels they shared the screen with. The empowered and the powerless.
House had spent much of her career painting women in ways that clashed with media representations, so she decided to tackle the male-dominated Western genre.
She put out a call for models and was quickly overwhelmed with women who wanted to participate.
"It looked ridiculous," she says with a laugh. "But then I thought, what if I could find a way to give this same sense of power [that iconic male heroes have] to women?"
With a brush and a few massive canvases, she managed to do just that, and she hopes it'll make a few people think differently about how we define who can be a hero.
In the meantime, and despite her criticisms of the films of yesteryear, House says pop culture is getting better at representing women. Projects like this one definitely help.
After all, it was John Wayne himself who once said, "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday."