I am currently exploring artistic depictions of women compared to the reality of our lives.
I reference and question the (predominantly-male) artistic view of women either as objects of desire, ripe for exploitation, or as household goddesses, safely controlled and restricted by child-bearing, child-rearing and domestic ‘duties’. Picasso once said that women were “goddesses and doormats”. He was/is not alone in that attitude.
Attempts to address or redress the issue have been “resolved” with violence, treated as a joke, met with comments such as “Get over it”, or simply ignored,. Sadly, for many women, change is slow or non-existent. They live, they reproduce and they die, unknown and unrecognised.
I have incorporated archaic ritual female figurines associated with fertility and reproduction with some of the vocabulary of motifs – washing on a clothes line, scars and stitches, hearts, houses, stars and rain – that appeared in my recent Moments of Truth and Unexpected World series, as well as earlier paintings from the 1980s.
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