It's great to start the New Year with a feature on my work in Fearlessly Magazine. Fearlessly is a remarkable social enterprise, lead by Dr Eve Hepburn. It promotes Mental Health, Creativity, Feminism and Community in creative and inclusive ways. The invitation to contribute to the Communities edition of the magazine has allowed me to reflect at length on my fascination with the Medusa and her Sisters, those icons of feminine unacceptability who must live in exile from the civilised world. www.fearlessly.co.uk/rebelles-and-outcasts-1Click here to read the full article.
'Take an overview of current discussion on mental health and gender politics crises, the same conclusions tend to emerge. We need to learn to soften our judgements of ourselves and others, we need to properly interrogate received norms of acceptability, we need to become less ashamed.
To this list of sensible goals, I would add the practical advice that we need to be more playful. No one makes these kinds of changes if they get swamped in dogma. We need our creativity to kick in.'
Rebelles & Outcasts, Natalie Sirett, Fearlessly Magazine January & February Edition, 2019
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'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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