Art allows us all to escape, but art allows some of us to escape even more.
Let me put it like this, after death, say if there was life after death, how many people would want same 'heavenly' or 'eternal' body that they had on Earth?
I mean if you die old and withered, is that the same body you want forever in spirit form?
Or if you're 'ugly', when you die, do you want to be resurrected in same ugly body and or face?
A honest person will say no to the above.
In fact, if in spirit form most of us would probably want the freedom of being able to change shapes and colors and shades based on our moods, and not be bound to 'flesh' all the time like on Earth.
Well art kind of gives people that freedom 'now', to project self onto art as a 'mood' they're in, or another persons in, art allows for that flexibility, and usually rational educated viewers of such art totally understand that.
Most of us walk around in our regular flesh self all the time, with it's limits, some are OK with that, others feel as if in a tight jacket and bound.
If I could only present self in art, as I appear in daily life, I'd gag....cause art is able to show such a wider spectrum of what's going on inside, where as a dull polaroid snap shot, wearing a shirt, shows what?
Most women or females, already enjoy great 'dressing' range, in every day regular life, just go shopping at Walmart, JC Pennies, any clothing store and women are able to dress the whole range of styles, genders, and anything else.
Women can wear a dress, then wear pants and boots at work, cowboy hat, baseball cap, women COPY men all of the time, but let a man wear a woman's hat, or female sandals or shoes, and suddenly their whole masculinity is put into question...why is that?
Every single style that men come up with, within years women steal that style and feminize it, from purses, to dresses, to other items you have no idea were worn by men long long ago prior to colonialism.
After colonialism, seems men only allowed to wear work clothing, gritty work clothing, that's it were as women allowed to flourish anyway they felt like in style and clothing (well not totally true, back in the olden days women had to stick to clothing and styles considered 'female proper')
Women from 200 years ago would look at how women dress today and assume they were all _____, and or morally lost and need to repent.
But times change, at least for women, times changed for a while for guys to during the 60's hippie era where guys allowed to dress more colorfully, I mean just look at old movies from that era or concerts, and observe what the hippie guys wore, and or even up during the disco years, look at the loud outfits guys wore...and kind of into the early 80's, like during the break dancing years, 'break dance clothing', some looked like space suites.
All I'm saying is art allows certain people to breathe, and to escape the bounds of the flesh.
And my art, anyways, isn't about gender, it's more about 'moments' people have inside, those moments are simply made visible through art.