Kylie Millward is presently working on her final semester as an MFA Candidate in Painting and Drawing at the University of Utah’s Department of Art and Art History. After having graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Illustration in 2013, Kylie worked as a freelance illustrator, an art teacher to children in public schools and community-based art centers, and seasonally fights wildfire.
“Because of gender inequality, women grow up with toxic ideas about themselves. Our culture forces women to fit within narrow categories, and this massive pressure to conform leads to low self-esteem, depression and even self-destructive behavior. In a patriarchal society, efforts to improve the well being of women prove to be difficult, but not impossible. It is my duty to cast a light on the extraordinary progress women have and are currently making in response to this obstacle. With the use of humor, honesty and the playful and accessible nature of illustrations, books, zines, etc., my work depicts the expectations placed upon women and our power to overcome. Our society is in dire need of a positive narrative that will empower females to know of their endless strength and capacity, which will inherently improve the quality of life for future generations. Proposal As the issues surrounding how worthiness interviews involving bishops in the LDS church are conducted are surfacing in the media, conversations and efforts to change have begun. However, the changes made do not fully protect young children, women, and other individuals from harm. It was not until recently that I realized how awful my experiences as a young woman were during these interviews, but am still learning that they were much, much worse for others. In an effort to continue this conversation, and prompt for more change, I have created a three-part, screenprinted zine about my personal experiences, which I will mass-produce copies of in order to distribute. I have not included an image of the sleeve that these zines will be housed in, as it is currently being prepared for print. Images 1-4 are pieces I propose to exhibit. Although I feel almost embarrassed to share my personal experiences, it is extremely important for me to try to improve the lives of others by calling for further changes.”
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