"Home is the girl's prison and the woman's workhouse." George Bernard Shaw 1903
A WOMAN'S PLACE?
A few months ago I was invited to take part in Espacio Gallery's exhibition Time=Change, a show designed to mark Women's History month. I decided to use the opportunity to explore contemporary relationships to the home. Home as the antithesis of World is in it's nature a predictable place, inhabited by the timid, the self-sacrificing, the weak, the 'feminine'. Conversely the World is unpredictable, it's big, it's wide, inhabited by the fearless, the 'masculine', the wise. Yet I keep encountering people, both men and women, who have an intense connection to Home, whether they see it as a physical place or something they carry within themselves. It seems to me that it's time to challenge these fundamentally sexist associations! So I devised a questionnaire:
Most striking is the fact that almost everyone who filled in the form associates home with nature. Being 'at home' next to water, or in a forest, or on paths under open skies. One person wrote that if they could build a home it must have three views, one of mountains, another of a forest, the third of a city. The work I am doing in response to A WOMAN'S PLACE? is coming along. I have made several etchings and I am also working in oils. It's been a while since I used this medium. I am absolutely loving combining thin, coloured glazes with thick, impasto paint strokes. Some canvases have reached a point where I feel they are in charge of what to do next. Times like these, I feel very much at home!
'Entering into Natalie Sirett's world is like meeting oneself in a universe subject to completely different rules of recollection. The work is delicate and brutal, sensitive with a bite. Subsequently, one's memory of her storytelling is always full of colour.'
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