One of the most popular mediums for tackling patriarchy-based prejudices has been art. Joanna Thangiah, a Sri Lankan artist based in Sydney, uses her drawings to bring awareness about issues such as feminism, body positivity, and mental illness. She started drawing in 2014 as a way to cope after being diagnosed with four mental illnesses.
Thangiah uses her art to discuss the toxic culture concerning body image issues that victimizes women and girls. Problems like fat shaming, consent, and obsessing to fit the Euro-centric beauty ideal are some of the things that she explores through her drawings. She also doesn’t shy away from shedding light on the struggles of being part of South Asian diaspora.
Check out some of her drawings below: