Last week one of my art teachers suggested I 'dial down the feminism.' Today I showed him my newest piece: pic.twitter.com/VrnB4oJ8Cz— AlexBertulisFernande (@alexbertanades) February 7, 2018
After her teacher suggested she should “dial down” her feminism, Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes decided she would craft the perfect response in the shape of art.
With the piece above, Bertulis-Fernandes became an internet sensation, showing her art teacher that she doesn’t have to ignore or hide her inclinations to be successful.
In no time, people became interested in buying her art.
Is this available as a print?— Hannah Davidson (@lapsedoldsoak) February 7, 2018
Honestly I would purchase one too! Please sell this as a print— Watching Parks and Recs for the first time (@OnbeingAdeline) February 7, 2018
Even another art teacher chimed in, saying she was disappointed in Bertulis-Fernandes’ instructor and his comments.
I’m a female art teacher and am angry that a male art teacher said this to you. I shall be showing this to my daughter, also a raging feminist, who is just about to go to art school and a lot of her work is about this too. Keep on challenging and read “The Power”.— Lynne Girdwood (@lingirdy) February 8, 2018
Despite the initial discouraging incident that sparked this response, the young artist appeared to gain a lot of attention thanks to her art.
LOVE it. Keep that dial turned right up— Ann Graham (@Annie_m_g) February 7, 2018
THIS IS INCREDIBLE. Does it go to 11, because 100% down for that!— kt (@k_to_the_t) February 8, 2018
And, as her tweet went viral and several users responded positively, the student told her followers that she was even considering commercializing her work by allowing people to purchase prints or T-shirts.
Thanks for all the love shown to this piece, it really means the world. I'm a bit overwhelmed so it may take me some time to respond to everyone! I'm considering selling prints/t-shirts - just trying to figure out the best way to do this. Once I do I will share the details here.— AlexBertulisFernande (@alexbertanades) February 8, 2018
As it turns out, this young woman has helped to prove that you should never be discouraged from being who you are, even if you aren't getting the support you expect. In the end, support will materialize if you're doing the right thing.