This year as an emerging artist I intent to create work that continues to examine women, ecology, and connections within the landscape .My painting practice sees me exploring more around culture and industry within the landscape, through installations of objects and paintings. Tacking the likes of ecology, ruins by employing an untraditional approach to painting in my investigations of relationships between nature and culture, with an emphasis on the stereotypes of women within landscapes of nature. Landscape has always evoked experiences ranging from awe-inspiring to contemplative. Tracing the origins to the 18th century and the enlightenment notions that nature is controllable, to the 19th century believe of its transcendental power. In my work landscape and the environment, is used as a framework to investigate further the relationship between nature and culture. I have called this “Post-Landscape” to suggest a way of rethinking traditional landscape conventions and posits a new kind of interaction with the landscape. I wish to critically examine ideas around eco-feminism, gendering nature and the social implications of the control of land, that created a false sense of control over women through the patriarchal use of language and thus established themselves “men” as culture and women as nature.
oil painting on canvas, the start of a range of works, exploring bodily connections with the land and sea, form and shape take up space within space, creating surreal beings developing their own identity within the space they take up, shades and tone of skin, land and sea merge.
This piece is called “they never knew” it is a photo collage created from researching the industry of the river Clyde, a mix of ecology and industry both in ruins, this was recently exhibited for Loosen art gallery, in Rome.
“36-24-36” Post-Landscape “Hard Hats Hi Heels and Her”
Wedding dress, soil, objects, cage, steel, army clothing, paintings
Here I employ an untraditional approach to painting in my investigations of relationships between nature and culture, with an emphasis on the stereotypes of women within landscape and the workplace. This exhibition was in collaboration with fellow artist Jenna Fox .
Whether humorous, provocative or sobering, the work encourages important conversations around gendered stereotypes, ideas of “women’s work”, and woman’s interaction with domestic, industrial and natural territories. Landscape has always evoked experiences ranging from awe-inspiring to con- templative. Tracing the origins to the 18th century and the enlightenment notions that nature is controllable, to the 19th century belief of its transcendental power.
In my work, landscape and the environment are used as a framework to investi- gate further the relationship between nature and culture. Post-Landscape gives rise to social, political and philosophical landscapes we inhibit. This work is looking at these interrelationships through the female gaze, as an artist and mother. I have been exploring the landscape as an extension of human kind, to see how our relationship with nature could change. It is when patriarch refers to nature as being feminine, that nature is then treated with contempt and disrespect.
The Anthropocene shows us, this needs to change, this attitude to nature is the same attitude to women. It is this attitude that is explored through the work I am showing here, which not only pushes and questions what painting is today, but is examining this dualistic approach to women as nurturers and mothers as opposed to women of power and presence. Mirroring ideas of life and death, presence and absence. I do this by recycling found, painted and personal objects.
How we communicate with each other is just as important as how we treat each other, communication has always been something that women have needed to do, and women have invented many ways to do this, one being the language of “Mee Mawing” as seen in the film, a form of communication that raised above the patriarchy and allowed the women to have some form of control over how their working day evolved.