I created this graphic for The F Word:Fragments of Feminism exhibition due to open at Dean Clough Gallery (image linked) in Halifax, tomorrow. This preview is one of several exhibition openings, all happening in the 9 galleries housed by Dean Clough.
I am also exhibiting 2 watercolours in the exhibition alongside 5 other artists work. The preview begins at 12 noon and continues until 2.
There will be a wide variety of work on display. Make it down if you can!
Artists: - Sue Fox, Paddy Hartley, Amanda Spawforth, Lyndsey Winnington, Hannah Wooll, Wen Wu
The F Word looks at individual artists responses to the re-awakening of Feminism, the dying embers of sexism and everything that has gone before. From the suffragettes first stand to the notion that a new generation of men may now require behavioural guidance in coming to terms with and understanding the relatively new rules of social interaction.
Recent events such as the London Slutwalk, organised by a 17 year old girl and attended by many, is an example of the existence of feminism in todays society. As more of a demonstration than a protest, the walk reflects the tamed nature of modern feminism and the continued urge that something must be done to combat the old sexism which still persists in the mainstream. The Sun’s daily publication of a page 3 topless model is still an anathema to most woman, yet this has continued over the decades undeterred. We still see older women being relieved of their on screen jobs while their male counterparts stay on. Within the artworld, seen as the forefront of the avant-garde, high profile art prizes are granted to a painter whose works succeed to expose no more than the vulnerability of bound nude young woman as if we are still trapped in Victorian Britain. Questions must be asked as to whether these practices have any relevance in contemporary society?
As for women, the years of oppression may be fading away, but many continually find themselves suppressing their natural warmth and friendliness for fear of attracting unwanted attention from the opposite sex. This exhibition is an attempt to present what it is to be a feminist artist in the 21st Century.