Felice House is a painter and artist who moved to Auston, Texas, from Massachusetts to study for her master’s degree, and she immediately fell in love with the “Western” culture. The culture shock was fun at first, and she said that she quickly fell in love with the Western genre: the cowboy boots, the outfits, the music.
However, when she actually started watching Western movies, she was horrified by the roles of everyone except white men. For example, every stoic renegade played by Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, or James Dean, stood in contrast to the helpless ladies they shared the screen time with. The men were empowered, and the women were completely powerless.
So, House decided to spend much of her painting career in painting women in a way which differed with the media representations and she decided to tackle the Western genre that is so man-dominated.
She called out for models, and she was overwhelmed with women who wanted to participate in her project.
At first, she just digitally put one of the models’ heads on John Wayne’s body, but it looked ridiculous. So, she tried to find a way to give these women the sense of power these iconic male heroes have, and she decided to use a brush and massive canvases (and massive is the correct word here, as the paintings are 1.25 larger than the real-life size of the models). The end result? Check it out below, and tell us what you think about her work in the comments! We must admit that we are absolutely in love with it!