In more recent times, the female form has been a tool for discussing a range of social, domestic and political issues, especially with continuing concerns about the abuse of women’s rights and freedoms around the world. At the same time however, the female form as simply an expression of beauty remains a popular subject for artists attempting to capture the complexity and multi-faceted nature of women.
The figurative artists in this exhibition are an eclectic amalgamation of more traditional images like those by Thomas Newbolt, and modern representations championed by new artists Ben Snowden and Azadeh Fatehrad. Together they provide an intriguing glimpse into how the portrayal of the female form has evolved over time; continuing to fascinate those who choose to pursue this beguiling subject.
The second half of this exhibition is concerned with the embodiment of the Earth. Our planet has been personified as a woman for thousands of years, a symbol of fertility which has endured in the modern world under the title of Mother Nature. Whether it is calm waters, tempestuous skies, savage and remote beauty, bountiful harvests or humanity’s short-lived presence here, the natural landscape has captivated us with her ever changing moods, superiority and ability to create.
Our landscape section is a celebration of one of the oldest ideas in the world, that of a Mother Goddess responsible for the nurturing of life on this unique planet. The landscape artists we have selected really take pride in conveying the different sides of the natural world and glorying in them. Previous exhibitors such as Irene Scheinmann, Catherine Lindsay-Davies and John O’Connor share the stage with newcomers like Sarah Lederman to give a unique and beautiful view of Gaia as seen through their eyes.