Women Artists: A Celebration

Currently helping to curate, and exhibiting in this new exhibition by members of the Women’s Arts Association.

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Participating artists (40 in all), have chosen an inspirational woman artist and made work in response. The resulting selection of work is rich and eclectic, incorporating pieces such as a wire and fabric sculpture (in response to Louise Bourgeois), ceramics in the style of Kiki Smith and Barbara Hepworth, and portraits inspired by Frida Kahlo and Marlene Dumas. It has been invaluable for learning about artists I previously knew little about such as Mary Heilmann and Gabriele Münter.

My submission is from a portrait project of women who combine motherhood with being an artist. One of my subjects chose to be portrayed in the style of pioneering photographer  Madame Yevonde’s Goddess series (1935) in which society ladies dressed in classical costume. (See below).

Below: Eileen Hunter as Dido, Violet, Baroness von Gagern as Europa and Nadine Muriel, Countess of Shrewsbury as Ariadne.

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Zoe decided to be depicted as Roman goddess Diana the Huntress with her children as accompanying faun and nymph. Costumes were borrowed from the Royal Welsh Collage of Music and Drama.

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