Gallery > LAUGHING WHILE CONDUCTING (THE ORCHESTRA)

Laughing While Conducting - Shoe
Oil on Linen
70 x 75 cm
2020
Laughing While Conducting - Gun
Oil on Linen
70 x 75 cm
2020
Laughing While Conducting - Detonator
Oil on Linen
70 x 75 cm
2021
Laughing While Conducting - Bottle
Oil on Linen
70 x 75 cm
2022
Laughing While Conducting - Switchblade
Oil on Linen
70 x 75 cm
2020
Laughing While Conducting - Car
Oil on Linen
70 x 75 cm
2021
Laughing While Conducting - Dynamite
Oil on Linen
70 x 75 cm
2020

An ongoing series where women laugh while wielding their weapons of choice, their instruments in an orchestra of revenge.
Based on and inspired by Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as St Catherine of Alexandria (1615-17), recently acquired by the National Gallery, London, and Dirty Weekend by Helen Zahavi (1991).

“I can't really remember a time when I didn't observe that most women exercise self-surveillance without even having an awareness that they are doing so....that whatever their impulse was they should learn to suppress it. I suspect most women are not conscious of when they learned to subsume their true instincts but rather when they learned that they could elect to no longer do so.

I’m always thinking about where and how women, more often in collaboration, take up space and disrupt politeness, how they circumvent this impulse of self-control and containment, and in my work I increasingly explore what might happen were the confines of good conduct to fail. I have been researching historical examples of women engaging in violent and disruptive acts, be it vintage and historical gang culture, images of Victorian bad girls, pipe-smoking women from the 30's, Teddy Girls...women getting together in a pack and having an edge of threat and danger about them. In tandem I've been reflecting on the prohibitions which are placed on women within society and the particular kind of opprobrium placed on women who misbehave. I want to paint what happens when they do.“