The title of this body of work “Woman in Parts” captures some of the thinking behind the painting. I had been thinking about how society places a lot of pressure on the female body. When talking about a woman there is a tendency to compartmentalise her by body part. A woman remains the sum of her parts, or singled-out for the various roles that she plays — mother or wife for example — and never her whole. The painting became a continuation of the ideas about the female body I had previously looked at in 3D in the “Negress & Mammy” side table and chaise longue, which also incisively tackle the complicated history and legacy of colonialism, slavery, servitude, and race.
In this body of work, I wanted to capture the physical and emotional beauty and hardships of womanhood, and abstract them in such a way to open up conversation about these issues.
Painting has now become a constant feature of my practice.
I will continue painting and see where this creative path will take me and feedback into my existing body of work and creative outputs.