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This Is What Women Do When No One Is Watching

There’s a certain image people have when they think of women, and that’s not necessarily our faults. With the rise of phones and their subsequent apps, there are more than enough services that allow women to hide their insecurities and flaws behind filters and edits.

In April, 2015, Sally Nixon, an illustrator for Little Rock, began a project she dubbed “365”. The goal of the project was to create an illustration once a day for a whole year. If anyone’s had to do something creative consistently for a year, they’ll know how hard it eventually becomes to come up with ideas.

When talking about women, she explains to TL Andrews, “They don’t have perfect bodies or perfect habits and that makes them relate-able. The scenes I create around them are everyday places: a bathroom, a restaurant, a messy bedroom. However, my goal with each drawing is to elevate the seemingly mundane to special.”

Nixon began to take inspiration from her own routine, making illustrations of different scenes from her own life as a way of showing that women aren’t just the staged Instagram selfies, Snapchat filters, and Facebook angles, but are very normal, often weird looking, humans, just like the rest of us.

  1. Drawing.

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    It’s easy to see that Nixon took inspiration from the challenge itself, creating an illustration of a woman creating an illustration. There’s poetry in that.

  2. Taking a shower.

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    Women don’t shower in the most seductive fashion. They have tan lines, insecurities, imperfections, and Nixon aimed to bring that into light, into normality. With more and more people thinking that a normal woman looks like her staged and filtered pictures, these are a refreshing change of pace.

  3. On the computer.

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    The art is so incredibly normal looking, depicting incredibly mundane scenes. I think there’s a parallel in that, that lives are basically a series of important events sewn together with mainly unimportant routines.

  4. Reading.

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    I love reading. I think it’s one of the best pass-times around, better than watching movies, or playing a video game, and far more knowledgeable than them both combined.

  5. Simply relaxing.

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    Once again, Nixon has blatantly refused to draw images where her illustrations would mirror society’s standards of beauty- all of which are pretty unrealistic, and appear normal, most importantly, relateable. Besides, bras are really uncomfortable. It makes sense to go without when you’re trying to unwind.

  6. Snacking.

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    Sally Nixon

    Women don’t diet 24/7. Most of them go to the kitchen, open the fridge, get disappointed, and walk back. Maybe they find something delicious and snack too, sometimes.

  7. Using the toilet.

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    Yes, women use the toilet too. Nixon is trying to bring back to reality the disassociated image society’s created of women.

  8. Girls’ night out.

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    Sally Nixon

    They’re not scantily clad and pillow fighting. They ordered a pizza and are just slowly unwinding.

  9. Relaxing and reading.

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    Sally Nixon

    Wearing pants while you’re home alone is ridiculous anyway.

  10. Napping.

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    Sally Nixon
    
    

    There is such simplicity and normality in these illustrations that it’s criminal not to appreciate their art.

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