Even When I Wait for the Bus, Everyone Knows I'm Wonder Woman - a digital collage that contemplates celebrity by artist Kate MacDonald as her favourite super hero © Kate MacDonald, All Rights Reserved.
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Even When I Wait for the Bus, Everyone Knows I'm Wonder Woman
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In realist artist Kate MacDonald’s latest series of ironic digital collages, she comments on the cult of fame and the current phenomena of everyday celebrity, while investigating her own relationship to the cultural and pop iconography of her favourite super heroine.

“If Wonder Woman waited for the bus, would someone tweet about it?” wonders Kate as she questions whether social media makes fame more or less palatable as we are introduced even further to the daily minutiae of celebrities. “Does the manufacturing of this false sense of intimacy create a public even hungrier for the personal details of public figures?”

In selecting Wonder Woman as the subject of this series, Kate recognizes her own relationship to this widely recognized fictional icon. As a young girl in the 70’s, both drawn to the character and bolstered by the women’s movement, Kate identified a role model that has sustained her throughout adulthood. That this was the original intention of the character’s creator, psychologist, Dr. William Marston, can not be understated. “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power….” (Marston, The American Scholar, 1943) “Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.” Charged with realizing the Amazonian ideals of peace, love, and sexual equality, much of her original allure has been abandoned and/or forgotten along with the tenets by which she was created.