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Love Artist: Clementine du Pontavice

posted by Miss Lovissimo 10 January 2018
illustration by Clementine de Pontavice

Clementine de Pontavice is a Parisian Illustrator and she is the Love Artist of the week.

Clementine de Pontavice

a butterfly with golden leaf details

For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious – or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.

– Naomi Wolf

Me Too

This week, as everybody, I watched the powerful speech that Oprah Winfrey gave at the Golden Globes event. I start thinking about my own experience as a woman: have I been ever been abused? Well, some brave tried, but wasn’t a good idea, for them.

So, can I consider myself as a free woman? The answer is no.

Me too, I’m trapped in the feminine stereotypes that our societies impose us, we are supposed to be sexy, perfect mothers, to be successful in our professional life…and what else? The worst is that this distorted vision of femininity it is so deeply anchored in our brains that we blame ourselves for not being perfect enough. So, Me too.

Women represent 52% of the world’s population. There is an urgent need for them to gain public and economic recognition.

It isn’t about women only, it is about the World future itself. Two Nobel Price WInners and Economists such Amartya Sen and Muhammad Yunus agreed on considering women empowerment as the base for a better future.

All too often they are still working in the shadows while their actions, their genius, their courage are one of the major fuels of our societies.
Self-censorship, prejudice, guilt, and lack of legitimacy are still tenacious.

The Love Artist of the week, Clementine de Pontavice, she fights gender stereotypes and self-boundaries with her pencil. Discover with me her gentle feminism.

Clementine de Pontavice

Since childhood, Clementine feel that there is something wrong, she can’t put her finger on it, but the feeling remained. In 2011, becoming a mother for the second time, she understands.
Clementine de Pontavice

shut up!

Clementine realizes that to survive in our societies,  she uses and integrates the masculine codes to be recognized and accepted, systematically concealing a part of herself.
From this awareness raising, Clementine has started to celebrate womanhood through her work.
Clementine’s style is pure, delicate, very simple, but as women, strong.

Since 2016, after meeting Rebecca Amsellem, the founder, Clementine collaborates with Les Glorieuses, a newsletter (more than 40,000 subscribers) that inform about women universe. Every week, she draws a poetic vision of the political and societal issues addressed.
Contraception, icons, maternity, sexuality, women’s legitimacy, violence against women, self-assertion…

Intimate portraits

light as a cloud

With this series of artworks Clementine pay tribute to women she met in different occasion, Brigitte Gresy, at the head of the Higher Council for Equality between Women and Men in the French Government, Chloé Jay General director at Van Cleef and Arpels,  Françoise Nyssen, Director of   Éditions Actes Sud and Founder of the innovative school Domaine du Possible, Véronique Gillardeau, Oyster farmer and many more.



Together, here we are

Thank you, Clementine, for your work, your delicacy, your example, we need to stay together ad speak ourselves out loud.

ps. I think Clementine should meet Nidhi

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