A raucous celebration of friendship

Cover of The Vone’s latest single “You Let Me Rant”. Left: me; right: my great friend Kathryn McCartin. Photo by Barbara Groves.

Woman as the Art not the Artist

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Welcome to Part 5 of this series exploring the story behind my poem “Muse” which looks at the positioning of women as the art not the artist and the contemporary interpretation of the female muse. You can read the full version of the poem in Part 1 of the series or listen to the soundcloud link above.

At the beginning of the final stanza I explore the different female archetypes that women are measured against. By listing them, I want to emphasis how contradictory and reductive these pillars can be. I go…


Woman as the Art not the Artist

Zooey Deschanel as “New Girl”’s lead character who ticks many of the MPDG tropes from an aesthetic and personality perspective. This show actually turns the concept of the MPDG on its head by putting her character front and centre of the TV series. As time went on, the character was allowed to become more nuanced, and at times even frustrated and thwarted by her own whimsy.

Welcome to Part 4 of this series exploring the story behind my poem “Muse” which looks at the positioning of women as the art not the artist. You can read the full version in Part 1 of the series or listen to the soundcloud link above.

I kick off the third stanza with the line “ A strange girl full of light landed in from imaginary skies”. This line has flavours of that 21st century moniker: “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”, a term coined by film critic Nathan Rabin in 2007. Some could…


Women as the Art not the Artist

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Thanks for joining me in the third part of this series which dives a bit deeper into the references and themes explored in my poem Muse. You can read the full version in Part 1 of the series or listen to the soundcloud link above. This week I’m pulling apart the second stanza which firmly establishes the idea of the muse versus the artist. The muse exists to inspire action but not direct it. The muse is there to help someone else find their voice whilst remaining silent. The image of the…


The Legacy of Pygmalion: Woman as the Art Not the Artist.

Pygmalion and Galatea No 1(2014) by photographer Elisabeth Caren

The springboard for my poem Muse was the myth of Pygmalion. This was something I’d been thinking a lot about after attending workshops with the female centric creative tribe, Siberian Lights. The Roman poet, Ovid’s, classic tale of Pygmalion presents us with the idea of the woman as the piece of art, not the artist. A beautiful ideal created through the male hand, and perhaps more importantly, the male gaze. …


The Legacy of Pygmalion: Woman as the Art not the Artist.

Aisling Groves-McKeown

Irish actress, singer-songwriter, eejit and poet. Often found turning films into musicals with my girl gang Notflix:The Improvised Musical.

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