M a s t e r s E x h i b i t i o n
Studying a Master's in Art at Gray's Art school in 2011, I made a body of work based on the experience. My thesis 'Where She Resides?', examining female representation in art and culture that made me question where, as a woman artist, l am positioned within society.
Post-feminism and before the #metoo movement many women where so conditioned by the patriarchal society that British women considered themselves to be fairly treated in regards to equality. Wrong. However the female image was and still is exploited through the media's representation of one dimensional stock characters i.e. the femme fatale, woman of loose morals, provocative, saintly, chaste, the list goes on. These characters are so entrenched in our psyche that we have become immune to the simplification and objectification of the female image.
Consciously avoiding the restrictiveness of the expected female image l use the disguise of the child character to deliver dialectic. By circumventing my approach the message can filter through without subconscious resistance to repeated stereotypes.
The sketchbooks are the most important part of my methodology where ideas, images are collected with a personal diary.
I try not to become too self conscious when transferring or transforming information as the power of the image or sentiment can become weakened. When the sketch works more successfully as a sketch, rather than on canvas, l look for other avenues such as the embroidered patches. These are a direct transfer of sketchbook images onto patch.