HALO TANGO (2022)

 

A fictional photographic narrative told from a single found object - a small framed charcoal portrait of a woman ‘Mrs Eyles’ made by another woman Betty Steer in 1962. I found it in a Hackney charity shop and took it back to my artist studio, where it began to resonate. I started to consider the everyday lives of women in this period and over the years. Thinking about their ‘place’ in society and the feminist movement. When I started this work ‘Me Too’ revelations were being discussed across the media and amongst friends.

 

In the book an accompanying text imagines the act of these two women coming together, one to draw the other. And contemplates ideas of unity, solidarity, the sisterhood and quieter forms of feminist action or resistance.

 

Part still life, part landscape and part found imagery this series has evolved to form a cryptic story, set within a claustrophobic domestic stage. There are occasional images of escape – that are perhaps, not actually accessible.

 

I want the work to acknowledge the everyday actions of ordinary women. Seemingly unremarkable, often quiet, unacknowledged lived actions that in many ways, slowly change the world. These reactions to society can make a difference, move us forwards, but they can also come with an

on-going frustration at a world that is just not equal.

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