Friday, 31 October 2014

Graffiti and Little Red Riding Hood


                            Fig 1 (Above): artist unknown
" (...) the discourse on manners and gender roles in fairy tales has contributed more to the creation of our present-day social norms than we realize. A tale like Little Red Riding Hood was my case in point. It's unique history can reveal to what extent the boundaries of our existence have evolved from male phantasy and sexual struggle for domination. As part of our common heritage, the tale and it's reception through history indicate the hidden power of the commonplace that we neglect or tend to repress."
                  Jack Zipes, The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood, 1993 (P.xi)



                                Fig 2 (Above): Mau Mau, 'Fear makes the wolf look bigger', 2009, discussed here.

                                   Fig 3 (above) Banksy

     Fig 4 (above) and Fig 5 (below) Graffiti by Adres Portugal
      Fig 6 (below): Urban Cake Lady
In contemporary culture Little Red Riding Hood has in a way become an emblem or symbol of the repressed and this is recognized through the use of her iconography in graffiti world wide. 
         Fig 7 (above) Graffiti in Freemantle artist unknown

Indeed she seems to have become a time traveling symbol of equality and freedom.

                                              Fig8 (above): “Big Bad Wolf” is a collaboration between Karen Hallion and Matthew Parsons


References

Fig 1  Artist unknown, http://chissasestaidormendo.tumblr.com/post/52801433615
Fig 2 (Above): Mau Mau, 'Fear makes the wolf look bigger', 2009 
http://s435.photobucket.com/user/andy3651/media/Graffiti%20Street%20Colourisation/MauMauCans2.jpg.html
Fig 3 Banksy https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaylovesvintage/6522164093/
Fig 4 Graffiti by Adres, Portugal http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/list/tag/adres
Fig 5  Graffiti by Adres, Portugal http://www.visualtherapyonline.com/?p=6206
Fig 6 Urban Cake Lady http://space-art.fr/street-art-urban-cake-lady/
Fig 7 Freemantle 'I'm Just Doing My Job' https://freoview.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/big-bad-wolf-destroys-fremantle-graffiti/
Fig 8  “Big Bad Wolf” is a collaboration between Karen Hallion and Matthew Parsons http://www.geekalerts.com/doctor-who-red-riding-hood-bad-wolf-t-shirt/

Zipes, J. The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood, Routledge, New York 1993 (P.xi)
http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=si

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