Carla Walker is a feminist artist who is currently focusing on gender equality. Her work is contextually driven with a focus on the current social issues surrounding young children in regards to the gender stereotyping in the everyday life. Her work looks at the pressures placed upon children by the media and role models, through there relationship with clothes and toys.
Her current sculpture work focuses on how divided the two genders clothes are, particularly in relation to age, colour schemes and messages. Looking deeper at how the boys section of a clothing shop is dominated by blues and the girls, pinks. Inspirational quotations found on boys clothing’s, telling them to “reach for the stars” and how they “get stuff done”. Superhero’s branded to boys clothes, multiple job roles promoted from young ages such as fireman, policeman, army, scientist, astronaut and more. Even the animals included on clothes for boys as young as new borns are lions, tigers, dinosaurs and sharks which are all seen as powerful aggressive animals.
Walker involves the counter argument with the young girls section and how the clothes are not just dominantly pinks, but how they are fewer or no superhero clothes or inspirational quotations. “mummy’s little helper” and “future chef” are used instead. Their clothes are full with sparkles and glitter, overwhelming amount of love hearts, princesses, fairy’s, unicorns, puppy’s, cats and so on. Where boys clothes promote confidences and strength and sometimes aggression, the girls clothes are promoting soft nurturing and overly girly personas. Inspired by these dynamics she brings light to the subconscious acceptance of such a gender divide which is being placed on children through there clothing.
Her work touches upon the class system and how the cheaper the clothes are, the more gender stereotyping you come across. By using theses clothes as her medium, she created work to shed light on these topics.