I decided to focus my attention and this week’s blog post on Andrew Fong, an aspiring artist. Andrew Fong is currently a credential student attending CSULB. His interests include manga, watching movies, playing video games, and watching anime. He plans to become a teacher, preferably at a high school level. He became interested becoming an art teacher at a high school level after taking a ceramics class during his senior year
Fantasy Girl is the representation of typical female figures in anime, video games, and manga. Wong’s intention was to make all body parts, focusing on the sexual parts, to be more disproportional. The lines throughout the figure symbolize “battle scars” that women have to endure by having high expectations placed upon them. The overwhelming color of Fantasy Girl, blue, connotes feelings of wisdom, confidence, loyalty, and intelligence. By using this color, it sends the theme that women, when represented in the media, or other marketing schemes, are often overly sexualized. In addition, these women are often given the “ideal” female title. Traits such as wisdom, confidence, loyalty, etc. are traits men often associate with their “ideal” woman. I also believe that because this statue is small, it also symbolizes how women are looked down upon, and aren’t seen at “eye level.” This basically means that women’s ideas, thoughts, etc. aren’t truly heard or though about.
My conversation with the artist, Wong, bought up many issues. Fantasy Girl is based off characters, and images of typical women in video games, movies, anime, manga. Because Wong claimed that this figure’s body is highly disproportional, it highlights how women’s bodies are overly sexualized and demeaned in the media. It also exhibits the fact that because women’s bodies are overly sexualized and body parts are too disproportional, that their bodies are more important to society, rather than their mind, thoughts, etc. Another surprising thing that was bought up was that Wong said that this figure wasn’t based off of anyone in particular. This means that a majority of female bodies in media are disproportional and over exaggerated, which I find to be sad.
This piece of art really interested me at first because I am also a fan of anime and manga, and this figure does symbolize typical females in those forms of media/ art. I strongly believe and resonate with the artist’s ideas, because it is obvious in anime/manga that women are often stereotyped, and their bodies are too over sexualized. Wong did a great job symbolizing typical women in the media. I believe that women in the media should not be this disproportional. Instead, the media should represent women of all body types.