Beautiful Pastorale (she knits and waits)

Beautiful Pastorale (she knits and waits)

195 x 140 cm, oil on linen, 2007

Standing Knitter (she makes a scarf that she will never wear)

Standing Knitter (she makes a scarf that she will never wear)

195 x 140 cm, oil on linen, 2007

Installation view

Installation view

Chelsea College MA show, 2007

Storm Knitter

Storm Knitter

120 x 120 cm, oil on linen, 2008

Avalanche Knitter

Avalanche Knitter

200 x 150 cm, oil on linen, 2008

Installation view

Installation view

Wyer Gallery, 2008

Ocean Knitter

Ocean Knitter

180 x 160 cm, oil on linen, 2008

Ironing lady

Ironing lady

195 x 130 cm, oil on linen, 2009

One perfect day

One perfect day

200 x 160 cm, oil on linen, 2009

Installation view

Installation view

Wyer Gallery, 2008

Lost motive

Lost motive

200 x 175 cm oval, oil on linen, 2009 -12

She fixed her gaze against the gloom

She fixed her gaze against the gloom

195 x 180 cm, oil on linen, 2009

Her dizziness grew

Her dizziness grew

180 x 205 cm, oil on linen, 2009-10

Cold hands, cold heart

Cold hands, cold heart

180 x 160 cm, oil on linen, 2009-10

Clutching the heart

Clutching the heart

195 x 190 cm, oil on linen, 2009-10

Flower-Eater

Flower-Eater

120 x 120 cm, oil on canvas, 2008

Moonface

Moonface

120 x 120 cm, oil on linen, 2008

The Regurgitator

The Regurgitator

110 x 110 cm, oil on linen, 2010

Madame Topknot (from Ingres)

Madame Topknot (from Ingres)

152 x 94 cm, oil on linen, 2007

Lisa was always known for having her head in the clouds

Lisa was always known for having her head in the clouds

160 x 95 cm, oil on linen, 2007

The princess is having a bad day (from Bronzino)

The princess is having a bad day (from Bronzino)

165 x 140 cm, oil on linen, 2007

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The Great Outdoors

In this series Vermeer meets Vogue magazine. Seventeenth century Dutch paintings of women at home performing everyday tasks such as sewing, cooking and threading pearls inspired this series. The paintings of this era are packed with moral messages. Pearls appear in several works. In the Dutch paintings a single pearl (as in a pearl earring) represents a good and faithful woman, but strings and clusters of pearls represent vanity.

In contrast to the small scale of the Dutch works, my women have been taken outside the safety of their home, placed within or welded to the landscape, and given gigantic proportions. The various scenarios in which they find themselves take traditional themes and push them into the slightly strange realm of the fashion editiorial.

The series of ‘flower-eaters’ or ‘flower-regurgitators’ (the two are interchangeable) were made as an aside to the main ‘working women’ project. These works, like so many others, were the result of a subconscious process. Perhaps they relate to female eating disorders; eating or spewing words; or gorging on beauty.

ESSAY BY MAUREEN GORDON pdf

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