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Female figures (mixed media)

Janus figure

mixed media 29x54x38cm

Housewives and heroines

stiffened lace 80x100x10cm

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Made from lace of three different colors, I have fashioned the delicate fabric

into a series of translucent masks, all based on the face of my daughter. Through the repetition, I am suggesting that we each embody multi-faceted personalities and that every day we begin anew. There are cultural associations to the colors:
White designates purity, weddings, shrouds; Red is associated with sex, danger, blood; and Black can signify maturity, religious extremism or death. I like the idea that the Heroine and the Housewife are one and the same person.

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Harvest goddess

Mixed media 50x40x30cm + 110cm stand

Out of the box

hand-built paper clay, mixed media 23x22x19cm

 

This ceramic sculpture is another step in my ongoing exploration of the human body.

Here I have produced a head which is part face and hair, part skull, part brain. Half of the head looks normal, the other half is seen in section.
As we go about our lives, interacting with others, we tend to forget about how our heads are constructed, and how they work- how wondrous and (mostly) reliable and robust, yet intricate and finely tuned they are. The multiple layers of flesh and bone, blood and nerves, are hidden from sight performing their functions unobserved.
My work acts as a reminder- exposing the concealed, breaking the mould, imagining the brain outside of its box.

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Childhood revisited

mixed media 100x35x15cm

This is based on clothes and shoes I wore as a child, here recreated in impossible, dream-like materials.

Childhood imagined

foam, latex, sweets, rubber, plastic 98x75x15cm

A work made out of non-wearable materials, based on clothes in photographs of myself as a child.

Childhood remembered

mixed media 100x56x15cm

Another in my series of clothes in unusual, unwearable, dream-like materials based on those I wore as a child.

Expecting (resin)

resin, clock 32x22x15cm

Aguna (watercolor)

watercolor, charcoal 52x37cm

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An aguna is a woman whose husband refuses to give her a get, which is a document of Jewish divorce. The get must be given willingly by the husband to the wife in order for the divorce to be valid according to Jewish law (halacha). Without a get, the woman may not remarry.
Unfortunately, there are men who deliberately withhold the get. The man and woman no longer live together, their relationship is over, but the man refuses to give a get knowing that this will stymie the woman’s life. There are men who choose to sit in prison rather than to give a get, and many who blackmail the woman. Others wait until her child-bearing years are over and then oblige. This really is an example of evil being a matter of choice; a violence committed against a dependent, helpless woman. There is an enormous amount of material on the topic and plenty of attempts at creative work-arounds, including latterly specific pre-nuptial agreements but the horror lingers.