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Feminist Art Topics
Artworks on 30 Topics

30. Memorials/Monuments

29. Questioning Nationalism

28. Relationships/Between You and Me

27. Confronting Racism

26. War/Conflict

25. Migration

24. Maps, Borders and Cultural geography

23. Land/Landscape

22. Ecology/Ecofeminism

21. Rooms

20. A House

19. Rape/Violence against women

18. Images of/about women from history

17. Women at Work

16. Cleaning/Maintenance Work

15. Food/Cooking

14. Artists' Parents/Grandparents

13. Marriage/Weddings

12. Masquerade/Mask

11. Mannequin/Puppet/Automaton/Cyborg

10. A/The Dress

9. Nude/Naked

8. Ecstatic Bodies

7. Old Age

6. Motherhood/Mothers/Child-rearing

5. Conception/Pregnancy/Childbirth

4. Menstruation/Abortion

3. Girls

2. Images of the phallus

1. Core imagery, vaginas and vulvas

Artworks by women artists on 30 topics
related to Feminism and Contemporary Art


About this topic: Old Age

Women's old age has provided many representations of dignity and a life-time's experience written onto a woman's face or body as well as foregrounding women's voices about this phase of their lives. These representations challenge many, often negative or stereotyped, media images of older women (old women as hags and crones and their absent from many contemporary media culture) and seeks to recover their role in public discourse, civic participation and political protest. Women's voices, mature women's sexuality, and their own perceptions of ageing and changes in their lives are explored by these women artists.

  1. Jytte Rex (Denmark) The Book of Women (1972) artist's book of photos and text      

  2. Betsy Damon (USA) The 7,000 year old woman (1978) performance, PIAC, Amsterdam with costume of 60 pounds (in bags) of coloured floor attached to body      

  3. Ewa Partum (Poland, Germany) Change. Mein Problem is das Problem Einer Frau / Change. My problem is a problem of a woman. (1979) 16 mm film transferred to video and DVD 7.15 min  Frac Lorraine  

  4. Alice Neel (USA) Self-Portrait (1980) oil on canvas     National Portrait Gallery 

  5. Mary Kelly (USA, Canada) Interim (1984 - 1989) installation, in 4 parts      

  6. Suzanne Lacy (USA) Crystal Quilt (1985 - 1985) large scale performance/installation with women aged 60+, Minnesota      

  7. Anna Daucikova (Slovakia) Moscow/Women/Sunday (1988 - 1990) 24 b/w photographs 50 x 40 cm      see Gender Check exhibition

  8. Jo Spence (UK) Final Project (1991 - 1992) photographs       

  9. Hannah Wilke (USA) Intra-Venus series (1991 - 1992) Performist self-portraits with Donald Goddard following cancer treatment, chromogenic supergloss print with over laminate each 181.6 x 120.7 cm     

  10. Bailey Doogan (USA) Mass (1991) diptych, oil on canvas 72 x 144 ins.     

  11. Peggy Diggs (USA) Hartford Grandmother's Project (1993 - 1994) paper, ink, twelve by nine inch sheets of scratch off cards in the 16 June 1994 edition of the Hartford Courant. Dialogues between teenagers and elderly women are represented      

  12. Marilena Preda-Sanc (Romania) About Oldness (1995) 11’, Beta SP / Camera: George Oprea / Lumini / Lights: Viorel Coler / Muzica / Music: Cristian Nanu & Florian Nanu / Editing: Dobrică Lospa / Production manager: Velvet Moraru / e-FAV      

  13. Vlasta Delimar (Croatia) Mature Woman (1997) performance, part of Javno Tijelo/Public Body (Zagreb, 1997) 20 mins     

  14. Lily  van der Stokker (The Netherlands) Old People Making Spectacularly Experimental Art (1999) acrylic painting directly on wall, couch      

  15. Miwi Yanagi (Japan) My Grandmothers (2000) photographic series      

  16. Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak (Canada) We're Getting Younger All The Time (2001) video 20 min  V-Tape  

  17. Rose Martin and Kay Goodridge (UK) Outrageous Agers (2001) photo series with text      

  18. Ayana Jackson (South Africa, USA) Color de mi Madre (Tita) (2003) photographic series, African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth       

  19. Fran Marno (Australia) How do I Look? (2004) oil paintings      

  20. Ines Doujak (Austria, Germany) Dirty Old Women (2005) collaborative performance in costume with group of older women. Salzburger Kunstverein      

  21. Margaret Dragu with Eileen Kage (Canada) Rent Do (2005) tape, performative video 19.30 min     

  22. Pinar Yolocan (Turkey, USA) Untitled (Maria series) (2007) photographic series, C prints, 32 x 40 ins.       

  23. Lois Weaver (UK) What Tammy Needs to Know… About Getting Old and Having Sex (2008) DVD of performance as alter ego Tammy Whatnot      

  24. Tania Antoshina (Russia) Dolly, from Europe series (2009) canvas, acrylic 150 x 11 com     

  25. Oriana Fox (UK) A Portrait of the Artist as an Old Cunt (2010) performance as Granny Fanny, interrogating audience about sexuality      

  26. Suzanne Lacy (USA) Silver Action (2013) large scale performance/installation with women aged 60+, The Tanks, Tate Britain