2018 BEAUTIFUL BIZARRE MAGAZINE ART PRIZE
“Mulan” [Oil on panel, 20 x 20″]
Mulan is a reinterpretation of the first feminist princess that Disney that took to the big screen. She breaks many of the gender stereotypes that are assumed to belong to women. In my reinterpretation of this animation classic I have looked for a more real Mulan, along with the other two most memorable characters, the Mushu Dragon and the Crick-Kee cricket.
Olga Esther is a Spanish painter and illustrator. She is a graduate of fine arts from Polytechnic University of Valencia, she is the recipient of two art scholarships in Prague and Mexico. She also holds a master‘s degree in video games. Now, she lives and works in Valencia. Olga Esther paints princesses who don’t want to be princesses, birds who cry blood, toads who kill themselves because they are ignored. She uses princess symbolism to talk about gender and feminism. She paints the invisible ones, the little-forgotten girls, those little nobodies in this world, but above all, all those who although are still nobody, do not have anyone.