Nesting by Emma  Hirst - 8 x 10 inches Signed ani art academy sexes drawing charcoal pastel paper still life nest bird exhibition academic contemporary
Emma Hirst
B. 1988


Graphite on paper
8 x 10 inches

“Nesting” is the female piece of a set of drawings meant to explore gender roles as defined by nature, versus those altered or accentuated through culture. In nature, gender seems to assign certain roles for reproduction and the survival of the species. However, when modern culture influences aspects of reproduction and survival—gender--roles can be significantly changed. The empty nest is intended to represent the shift in the traditional female role from care-taker and homemaker to primary bread winner.

Not only are female roles being shifted in the family dynamic but in how they contribute to society as well. In developed countries especially, reproduction is no longer considered the most important or best way to pitch in for the greater good, and therefore more dynamic and complex roles are emerging.

Emma Hirst
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City