No Damsel – Cels

The first full length animated feature film, “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs”, was released in 1937. It was comprised of hundreds of thousands of individual ‘cels’: hand painted and inked transparent celluloid sheets. At the time, Disney Animation Studios segregated their animation and painting departments by gender. All of the tedious painting work was done by women. Animation, story work, and all other creative aspects were done entirely by men. This is evident in the problematic characters and storylines that arose during this time.

These recreated, hand-painted cels work with this tradition that is almost 100 years. They are altered to expose and play with the inherent sexism of the original images.