The theme? Home.
|Home is... Chicago|
Night Beyond the Ice, acrylic on canvas 24"x36"
The intriguing part is that we are all from 'other' communities than the UK, a mixture of international and migrant backgrounds. The show poses the question:
"Throughout the centuries the home has traditionally been the domain of women, strongly characterising their roles in society. But how does the contemporary woman relate to the idea of home today, in the era of post feminism, globalisation and instant communications?"
|Home is... London|
Tate & Lyle, acrylic on board
And we answer:
"As a collective of female artists from around the world, from migrant families and different ethnicities, we are the product of a generation of women who, for the very first time in history, have the opportunity make these choices entirely for ourselves, regardless of where we come from and how the rest of the world thinks."
And my answer specifically addresses the idea that perhaps home isn't a place, person, or point but rather a state of change:
"Home for me has always been change.
"Growing up my family moved often, so I don't see a single place as my childhood home. This seems to have led to a roaming desire. From my youth I wanted to go to Britain - for no tangible reason but idealistic visions of that world. (and reading too much Shakespeare) As a young woman it never occurred to me not to travel where I wanted and alone. My very first 'grown up' vacation was to Scotland. Without question, I knew instinctively it was where I belonged. So I returned to study and stay.
Home is... Scotland
St Andrew's Storm, acrylic on canvas 80cm x 80cm
"Still, home to me isn't a single location. I've never met the social expectations of finding a single place to live, settling down, or even being homesick for Chicago and my family. In this age of technology my family is with me all the time. I can speak to my mom from a clifftop on the Isle of Portland, or text-chat with my brother from a caravan in Yorkshire.
"So having found my home - an entire island country - I'm still compelled to move around, to travel, to explore. Because home is more than the place. Home is the sense of belonging, the way a place makes me feel real. And I feel most grounded, most myself, when witnessing something awe inspiring and overwhelming. It makes me feel small but very real. And that is what my art is about - those moments and places where the world is too large, and being so large it embraces. Taking that light and colour of the place and putting the sensation into a painting that connects individually. Bringing you to where I was.
"Because the places in each of my paintings was home for a moment."
|Home is... Saltwick Bay (dream home right now!)|
New Salt, acrylic on canvas 80cm x 70cm
Curious? Read more artist's reactions on the blog. And come see the show and leave us a note of your definition of home.
Home: Contemporary Female Masters
11 - 19 October 2013
Bulgarian Cultural Institute
188 Queen’s Gate
Kensington, London SW7 5HL
|Home is... New Jersey - well, it was for a month!|
Dark Wave, acrylic on canvas 80cm x 80cm
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