A Double Bind
This series illustrates the contemporary myth that women can successfully combine all three major roles (motherhood, sexuality and vocational success) expected of them by modern society. Construction is inspired by 19th century Pre-Raphaelite paintings of Ophelia, particularly emphasizing the symbolic meaning of flowers used throughout her representation. Characteristics associated with 17th century Vanitas is also prominent, with reoccurring play on space reflecting the Latin definition of Vanitas - 'emptiness'. Both art movements aided the nineteenth century myth that hysteria was a female malady, thus adding further to the oppression of women of that era. Symbolisms from both genres have been combined with conflicting contemporary symbols of restraint to illustrate a narrative of a modern myth that continues to confine women.
Jenny Anderson • Stuart Armit • Tom Barker • Jonathan Carson • Emma Dawn Coote • Kirstin Cunningham • Felix Davey • James Fortune • Robyn-Leigh Gibson • Catriona Hoon • Roddy McIntosh • Kelly Neilson • Lyndsey Norton • Gillian Nugent • Nick Paton • Louise Robinson • Chloe Thompson •