The plot thickens…
So let’s dig a little deeper.
Women’s art has always been subversive; often through necessity. Consider the following examples of feminist and anti-feminist art working with stone-working and wall-building:
And consider the use of marginalised materials and techniques in women’s art, often relegated to secondary (or indeed non-art) status—craft, at best, with all its crafty witchy connotations—despite its wondrous and radical invention, creativity, and innovation:
Art has the power to save and change lives.
Art changes the world.
Art can save the world.
Women’s art is notoriously dangerous, radical, incendiary, revolutionary:
And now consider the main aesthetic component of that domestic art-work by paragons of the feminine summum bonum; patron and protégée, conjoined in artistic partnership and impeccability. Through them and their work, a whole international world—connected through that most wondrous postmodern neo-Marxist revolution that is the internet—has been brought together in giving thanks.
Thinking beyond the conventional. Creative, motivated by our mission to pursue a passion, beautiful, bold, and unexpected. Be different. Unique-looking. To last without going out of style. Balanced. Classic and classy.
Moral of the day: “Aim for affordable.” Have the humility and wisdom to acknowledge that, as in all things, you may fail. Mix the inexpensive with the expensive. Waterford crystal and an officially “vulnerable” species emphasise their—and by extension your own—fragility, delicacy, and sensitivity. Always remember “[…] placemats. To style them, place them underneath one of the plates.”
… but let’s get back to more creative things: there’s a “budget-friendly” environmentally-friendlier version sold at everyone’s favourite fair-labour emporium:
… and now, back to more critical things, matters of import that matter …
This is a properly womanly fine art, expressed through its appropriate colours—transparent, white, pale, gold—and materials—clear-ringing, easily breakable—to underline proper womanly qualities: clarity, whiteness in all senses, delicacy, fragility, value, preciousness, and need for care and protection. Touches of unusual shades of green hint daintily at nature (limited, restrained, in its place, decently controlled), animality (but only of a superior and domesticated sort), reproduction (but only as a duty), and life (cut, dead, dried out, cleaned, and varnished). And the medium is, as is right and proper, a preciosity that is purely decorative.
An artistic representation of highest femininity is “impeccable” in perfect tastefulness and in perfect moral and physical purity, free of and incapable of sin. This high art is at once majestic sculpture elevated on a plinth; altar-piece, sacred vessels, and altar; and its ritual, theatre, and performance art. Others may be permitted to observe that artistic process in respectful veneration from a distance. Later, in a rare exception to rules about looking but not touching, on High Days and Holy Days such as Thanksgiving permission is granted to touch very gently and carefully, in translated worship of the supreme being.
Transcendent perfect femininity goes above and beyond other lesser things such as feminism. It is conservative, pure, fragile, white, and supremacist.
But is that all that Allison Domonoske and Ivanka Trump are doing here? This is, after all, a tablescape. It is a panoramic view, a whole world, a grand dream vision.