Part of the Arts Council funded Residency program Stryx Blender : Soup ptV
Lucy Andrews Presents Silver Darlings
Opening 19th July 6-9pm
Free Entry and refreshments
Presenting a collection of paintings investigating historical, unrecognised low paid or hidden jobs held by women such as work by women in the fish processing industries or mining industries. Herring, sometimes called silver darlings‚ were, gutted and salted by women working in groups of three or four each group packing one barrel at a time. Despite the difficult working conditions the herring industry gave these women huge amounts of independence to travel and work.
Using metal as a surface helps to manipulate qualities of flatness and three dimensionality while offering moments of self-reflection and dialogue around industry and manufacture.
Revisiting and documenting the division of labour in industry seems particularly pertinent following the anniversary of female suffrage. The use of paint itself engaging with feminist discussion around painting and suggesting that all painting by women has something to offer the feminist critical thought.