Hermione Allsopp | Alexandra Drawbridge | AnnaMaria Kardos
Paula MacArthur | Kate Murdoch | Mitra Saboury
Wendy Saunders | Susan Sluglett | Geraldine Swayne
DISTURBANCE is an all-female exhibition which concludes with an artists' discussion event on International Women’s Day; Sunday 8th March, 2pm.
DISTURBANCE draws together work from nine artists. Using different media: sculpture, video, photography, installation, painting, text and performance; the artists take conventional objects or images and disrupt them. Though not necessarily driven by a feminist agenda, all the work is underpinned by a feminine perspective.
Painter and curator Paula MacArthur has carefully selected this group of artists both for their alluring and unsettling imagery; and to convey the disturbance thrown up by the complex negotiations facing artists engaged with female identity today. ‘Disturbance’ ranges from painter Susan Sluglett’s lushly painted floral bouquets which have been trashed and trampled, and Hermione Allsopp’s ‘re-made’ sculptures which push at the boundaries of attraction/repulsion and ideas of taste, to Mitra Saboury’s surprising and sometimes visceral films.
The exhibition showcases high-quality work by contemporary women artists, not espousing a particular feminist line but working within their own practices creating art which moves from the subtly subversive to the overtly challenging. There is humour alongside serious questioning of norms - all combining to provide a feast of visual excitement.