I recently had a situation where I was absolutely livid.
Did I process it on my own by meditating and journaling? I wish I could say that was the case, but unfortunately it wasn't. On the other hand, anger seems to be the only emotion that is encouraged to process on one’s own and not with others, while it is one of the hardest emotions to keep inside.
I wanted to see how our women artists express anger. To my surprise (but I guess I should have known, reflecting from my own experience) out of over 1,500 artworks, there was not even one artwork from a woman artist that was depicting anger.
Frustration is the feeling of being annoyed or upset from the inability to change or achieve something. Ileana Rincon-Cañas somehow created the juxtaposition of hopeless existence of living the motions of a purposeless existence and that same person finding a meaning to break this loop.
Ignored is when one feels disregarded, oftentimes intentionally. Many of Angela Scavo’s pieces show a woman covering her face combined with her sad eyes - this one hit home for me. Don’t we all feel invisible sometimes?
We feel anxious when we experience worry or nervousness, typically about something with an uncertain outcome. The title “Cubreme (cover me)” of this piece by Nathalye Gonzalez expresses exactly how I feel when I get anxious - I want to cover myself and hangout with a comforting presence.
Disappointment is sadness caused by the nonfulfillment of one's hopes or expectations. Martha Bravo’s digitally created artwork shows a woman in despair but also wearing a bright red dress and has butterflies, one sitting on her and one pinned to her. Does this show her hopeful side and disappointed moment all at once?