Damsel in Di-streets
“I'm a damsel, I'm in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day!”
― Walt Disney Company
Growing up reading fairytales I never once questioned why the beautiful princess is kidnapped and what becomes of her, the exciting part was when the prince finally saved her and they lived happily ever after. Sadly, society as a whole has made the same blunder.
This tour takes place down Johnston Street in Collingwood, a suburb known for its struggle between commercial uprising and maintaining historical value. It explores how street artists, like the media industry, use women as an object to attract a mainstream audience. As the tour goes on you see a dramatic development in the fairytale theme of ‘damsel in distress’, which has been romanticized by mainstream media and now street artists. Women’s beauty, particularly young women, is regarded their main strength as we see a pattern in male artists only painting women of such superficial characteristics rather than exploring the other facets women have to offer – external and internal. Consequently this leads to art becoming nothing more than a commercial tool, and being robbed of its true value - something Collingwood and art have in common.