HALO TANGO, (2019 - 2021) Artist's Statement

 

This work forms a loosely woven fictional narrative around a female protagonist that is depicted in a small hand-drawn​ portrait. ‘Mrs Eyles’, a woman drawn in charcoal by another woman Betty Steer in 1962. The charity-shop portrait bookends this story.

 

I picked up the portrait in a local charity shop and the image of this women began to resonate. I started to consider the everyday lives of women in this period and over the years.  Thinking about women, their ‘place’ in society and the feminist movement up to the present day. When I started this work the ‘Me Too’ revelations were being discussed across the media and amongst friends.

 

The accompanying text imagines this act of one women drawing another. 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 slowly evolved to form a sometimes-cryptic story set within a claustrophobic domestic stage alongside images of the landscape. There are occasional images of escape – that are perhaps, not actually accessible.

 

I want the work to acknowledge the everyday simple actions of ordinary women. Seemingly small, often quiet, unacknowledged lived actions that in many real 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 lived frustration at a world that is just not equal.

 

There is sense of theatrical tension or frustration including anger, even aggression. But this is not without a slice of melodrama. Saturated colour from out-dated camera filters offer a fuzzy lens through which to observe this recent past.

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