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Braving Womanhood by Christina Rodriguez

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I based this piece on this interpretation of little red riding hood…

“Red Riding Hood has also been seen as a parable of sexual maturity. In this interpretation, the red cloak symbolizes the blood of the menstrual cycle, braving the “dark forest” of womanhood. Or the cloak could symbolize the hymen (earlier versions of the tale generally do not state that the cloak is red). In this case, the wolf threatens the girl’s virginity. The anthropomorphic wolf symbolizes a man, who could be a lover, seducer or sexual predator. This differs from the ritual explanation in that the entry into adulthood is biologically, not socially, determined."

I have been yearning to do a little red riding hood piece for awhile but could never think of anything I felt would convey the mixed signals of this fairy tale…innocence, sexuality, womanhood…

getting lost along the path of life, fighting your way throught it…

Media Used: pastels, charcoal, on Mi-Teintes paper 12 × 16

Drk Grphk Arts

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red, little, riding, hood, forest, womanhood, menstration, innocence, sexuality

I am a graphic designer and fine artist. I am an obsessed designer and compelled artist. I enjoy painting, drawing, creating my own textures and images for my designs. Through my art and designs I hope to awaken raw emotions from the viewer.

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  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 3 years ago

    Strong work Christina… love the interpretation of the tale… clever !

  • thank you! ;-) one of my favorite dark stories…

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 3 years ago

    powerful work

  • thank you…. :-)

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 3 years ago

    Christina, this is a wonderful, emotive, and powerful interpretation of the story. Love it!

  • Thank you luv! Appreciate your comments! :-) Keep in touch! xoxoxo

    – Christina Rodriguez

  • Cameron Hampton
    Cameron Hamptonabout 3 years ago

    Interesting.

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago


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  • Thank you Mary for another wonderful feature! :-) You are too sweet!

    – Christina Rodriguez

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