Within and Between: Women / Bodies / Generations
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Who this event is for
Glass Tank, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site
This exhibition will bring together individual practices of three mid-career artists providing
opportunities for audiences to consider not only the social positioning of ‘women of a certain age’
but also the inner worlds of those whose lives pivot on the cusp of change, often measured through
life altering events. Having already experienced the physical transformations of motherhood (with
consequent scars and debilitations), women’s lives move into further periods of transition. Through
such changes, a sense of selfhood is often sacrificed to the more urgent need to nurture the next
generation whilst witnessing the deterioration and demise of the previous one. At times physical
changes experienced across extended families coincide in a metamorphic collision. This creates a
complex terrain characterised by puberty, menopause, illness and death. Such uncertain and
under-explored territory can test the strongest of bonds. With this landscape as the backdrop to
their current work these artist/academics have chosen to bring together their varied practices to
explore themes and expand the discourse around ‘intergenerationality’ and ‘autoethnography’,
examining how these are addressed by contemporary art, literature and thought.
In this, the first in a series of exhibitions, each artist has produced new works which reflect not only
a diversity of experience, but also different approaches to thinking, making and disseminating art
practice. Clair Chinnery uses methods of taxonomy and analysis to reconsider the physicality of
human bodies as they emerge, grow, mature and die. She makes objects and images informed by
material residues left behind by such rites of passage. In her film and video works Janice Howard
engages with philosophical thinking, translating and embodying complex ideas through poetic
juxtaposition using footage and text sourced from differing times, locations and contexts. Lisa
Richardson merges found components with a range of materials to make objects that can be
‘activated’ by performance. Sometimes beautiful, often absurd, elements of her work take on
playful and—at times—theatrical qualities through which women’s varied attachments across and
between generations are referenced and can be enacted.
Artworks in this exhibition include sculpture, photography, film and video.
The private view for this exhibition will be held on the 1st April 2019 at 6 - 8pm.