Clash of the Symbols

A First Look

San Jose artist Galen Oback offers a mural entitled, “Labor of our Love,” on an industrial workwear store. It prominently displays a woman working in a factory as a part of an industrial workforce.


Applying Our Model

This piece positions notions of gender within the setting of a typically male dominated environment. The thick, bold masculine lines used to illustrate the female character provide juxtaposition by opposing more traditional characterizations of supple features and delicate femininity.

Deliberately placing the contrasting symbol systems together provides unresolved tension and invites audiences to consider more modern concepts of freedom and equality.


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