MA progress and new drawings

February was a busy month at Uni, I had to present my latest work in a small group show and also give a presentation of my work.

The latest work is comprised of 4 pieces that were combined together as a whole. It consisted of a projected video, a framed photograph of the slashed Rokeby Venus, a cleaver with gold leaf and an audio recording of Radio 4’s Women’s hour in 1953 when Mary Richardson described her attack on the Rokeby Venus by Velasquez in the National Gallery:

 

The piece was titled ‘Then and Now’, looking back at the events of the Suffragettes, as this year is the Centenary of the Representation of the People act, and comparing them with what is happening today.

The cleaver had to be secured to comply with health and safety and I felt this enhanced it,  adding an air of importance. The image was obtained from the British Newspaper Archive and I framed it because I saw it as a work of art.

It’s a powerful image, I spent a lot of time looking at it, researching the details and thinking about it. I placed the sound recording that you could listen to with headphones next to the piece – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01lg0br

Alongside this, I projected a video I made from two photographs I took of my friend, who is a life model. She is bound in red thread and bobbins and it was a reflection on the reports I have read about many garment workers suffering from harassment, humiliation and exploitation.

People responded well to the piece, the message was clear and many of the underlying meanings came through. Hard to put in a nutshell and obviously it would help if you actually saw the piece but I have decided to present it as one of my pieces, with a bit of fine tuning, for my end of year show in July.

Meanwhile, here is a selection of February’s watercolours:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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7 Responses to MA progress and new drawings

  1. Lou Perrotta says:

    as ever, a fine sensibility to aesthetics, (in)justice, human self expression – and quite beautiful

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  2. Lancelot Richardson says:

    Fantastic work, Shelly. I agree with you about the cleaver – in the middle photo (not sure if by design or coincidence) the shadows from the glass sort of look like restraints too. Very interesting to hear the recording of Mary Richardson, it made me realise how hostile the then-public were to the suffragette movement, a point that often feels glossed over these days.

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    • Thank you Lance, I agree with you, the much of the then-public were extremely hostile and it still continues today. The ones that were arrested and sent to prison have never been pardoned. There is an ongoing debate about this and some very heated opinions on both sides. It seems no government wants to tackle this problem as it could open the possibility of pardoning other ‘terrorists’ ……..

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      • Lancelot Richardson says:

        I hadn’t considered the issue of pardons. It’s rather two-faced of a government to view the suffragette movement in such a way when what it achieved is essentially a significant ingredient of what they are now. Not just because it led to women being part of their voting body, but also opening up things like women in politics, advances in societal views that influence changes in policy, etc.

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  3. Phil Eckert says:

    Great work Shelley, Thinking of you. All the best for the year ahead….! Love your work!! Phil x Sent from my iPhone

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