About Face 2005

PRINT INFORMATION

Edition 8 + 4 A/P. Durst Lambda Fuji Archival Diasec Print .
Print size 1: 600 x 947mm. Edition 5
Print size 2: 1000 x 1578mm. Edition 3


Title:
[Meret]

after Meret Oppenheim 1913 - 1985


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Title:
[Dorothea]

after Dorethea Tanning 1910 - 2012 


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Title:
[Leonora]

after Leonora Carrington 1917 - 2011


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Title:
[Eileen]

after Eileen Agar 1899 - 1991


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Title:
[Nusch]

after Nusch Eluard 1906 - 1946


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Title:
[Jacqueline]

after Jacqueline Lamba 1910 - 1993


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Title:
[Lee]

after Lee Miller 1907 - 1977


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Title:
[Maria]

after Maria Martins 1900 - 1973


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Title:
[Valentine]

after Valentine Penrose 1898 - 1978


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Title:
[Dora]

after Dora Maar 1907 - 1997


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STATEMENT

About Face 2005 is a series of portraits referencing a selection of female Surrealist artists of the inter-war period of the  twentieth  Century. Changing positions of autonomy, gender and sexuality in surrealism, modernism, and contemporary art are the subject of this work. As a female artist I chose to manipulate the positions/ poses of this wooden female mannequin. These confident and in some cases provocative poses at first glance might be be viewed as women trapped within the confined parameters of life. Yet on closer observation the subject seems fluid and relaxed, contrary to the visual sense of claustrophobia. Furthermore, the digital removal of  the pins and screws from the figure, allow a freedom of movement and position that (although still restricting within the space) suggests the female figure to be more in control of herself and her actions.

This female wooden artist's mannequin belonged to the British artist Ursula Blackwell, wife of the modernist architect Erno Goldfinger) within the National Trust House in Hampstead, 2 Willow Road where I was once a volunteer guide. In the 1930's Blackwell studied art in Paris. Her work, as with most female Surrealist artists, remained in the background from the public gaze for many years. Many women connected to the art world of that period tended to be viewed as the female object or muse, as can be seen in the work of Picasso, Man Ray, and Max Ernst. About Face nods to  Man Ray's provocative photographic works - Mr and Mrs Woodman 1947 - featuring two, erotically juxtaposed wooden artist moquettes but turns face, thus recognising the creative energy of a group of talented and creative Surrealist woman of the twentieth  century.

PRINT INFORMATION

Edition 8 + 4 A/P. Durst Lambda Fuji Archival Diasec Print.
Print size 1: 600 x 947mm . Edition 5
Print size 2: 1000 x 1578mm. Edition 3


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All artwork and images © Veronica Bailey 2016.