A core element in the ‘Zemni Vision’ is an exploration of what might be meant by a ‘feminist gaze’. What difference does my identity as a Western woman committed to human rights mean for the way I see things, what I choose communicate and how I do it. Drawing on the work of feminist artists, illustrators and photographers, but considering feminism means as an inclusive vision for men as well as women. Going beyond anger towards real change.
A number of illustration projects looked specifically at the female experience:
1950s Woman’s World – a flat world of advertising, consumption and conservative fantasy putting on a show for the viewer. Based on my (maybe wrong) childhood memories of the life of my grandmother.
I used the idea of ‘female gaze’ in experimentation with media and perspective on Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Some of my printmaking has also been concerned with domestic relationships and violence.
A number of live projects include:
- ‘A to Z of Love and Sex’, revisiting Book Design Assignment 5: A to Z from Armageddon to re-purpose and extend the images as ‘poignantly humorous feminist letters’ dealing with the contradictions in our cultural attitudes and behaviours.
- The Wild Man: based on ‘found wood narratives’ from Aldeburgh and a feminist re-telling of the tale of the Wild Man of Orford. Part of ‘Tales from the Edge’.
- Journey : a series of ‘found watercolour narratives’ around sexual violence.